Iraqi police surrounded the headquarters of an Iran-backed militia and detained one of its members after an armed clash Wednesday left three people wounded in Baghdad, a security official said.
The powerful Hezbollah Brigades militia is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units that battled the Islamic State group (IS) in Iraq.
A shootout erupted after a police patrol in the Iraqi capital stopped a car, only for a convoy of Hezbollah Brigades members to arrive, an interior ministry official said on condition of anonymity.
“The men in five vehicles opened fire and the police responded. Two policemen were wounded and one of the members of Hezbollah Brigades,” he said.
The police then quickly surrounded the militia headquarters “where the fighters had holed up”, the official said, closing down one of Baghdad’s main thoroughfares.