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Iraq PM security detail commander killed in armed clash

AFP  |  Samarra 

A general charged with ensuring security ahead of a visit by Iraq's was killed today in a shoot out with militia fighters, officials said.

was heading back to after preparing the ground for a trip planned for tomorrow by premier Haider al-to the conflict-ravaged province.

"Clashes broke out with fighters from Saraya al-Salam," a group loyal to prominent Shiite Moqtada Sadr, a security source said, after a verbal altercation spiralled out of control.

"The general was killed and three of his men were wounded," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

confirmed the death of Ismail and blamed "shots from undisciplined fighters", without naming a group.

had "ordered the immediate opening of an investigation", a statement said.

The violence comes two months ahead of legislative elections in that is hoping will see him remain in charge after claiming victory against the Islamic State group at the end of last year.

Commentators have previously mooted a potential alliance between Abadi and Sadr's parties at the vote.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 02:50 IST