ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Clashes erupted between the Hashd al-Shaabi’s Saraya al-Salam militia and the Iraqi Prime Minister’s guards in Salahuddin Province, security sources said on Tuesday.
The sources informed of the death of brigadier general Sharif Ismail, the commander of Brigade 57 of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s guards, following clashes with Saraya al-Salam in Salahuddin, Shafaq News reported.
Abadi’s guards were en route to Nineveh Province to prepare for the Prime Minister’s visit to Mosul, the security source added.
The Prime Minister’s guards and Saraya al-Salam militias first exchanged blows at the latter’s checkpoint at the entrance of Samara city in Salahuddin and later exchanged fire at the al-Huwaish checkpoint at the entrance of Tikrit, the source said.
According to the Shafaq report, the violence resulted in the death of the brigade commander and injuries to two other guards.
Al-Ghadeer website, meanwhile, reported that Abadi had called for the launch of an immediate investigation into the incident.
Saraya al-Salam, previously known as the al-Mahdi Army, is a Shia faction under the umbrella of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi founded by the influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany