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.
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.
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