June 20, 2018 / 3:27 PM / 3 months ago

Two Iraqi policemen wounded in clash with militiaman: ministry

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two Iraqi policemen were wounded in a shootout with a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a grouping of mostly Iran-backed paramilitaries, in Baghdad on Wednesday, the interior ministry said.

Iraqi policemen check the vehicles at a check point in Baghdad, Iraq June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

The shooting started when a police patrol tried to arrest the driver of a stolen car who belonged to the PMF, the ministry said in a statement. Police later arrested the shooter with the help of reinforcements.

An Iraqi policeman stands guard at a check point in Baghdad, Iraq June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Iraq faces political uncertainty after a May 12 election marred by historically low turnout and fraud allegations.

Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi al-Amiri, who won first and second place respectively in the polls, have announced an alliance between their political blocs.

But no government has been formed yet and parliament has mandated a recount of the vote.

Reporting by Huda Majeed, Ulf Laessing, Ahmed Aboulenein and Raja Jalabi, Writing by Ulf Laessing, Editing by William Maclean

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