The Iraqi prime minister maintains order has been restored in the holy city of Kerbala after clashes among rival Shi’ite factions left 52 people dead. Nuri al-Maliki’s comments come after a visit to the scene, where a curfew has been imposed and military reinforcements have been deployed. The battles appeared to be between two different Shi’ite groups: the Mehdi Army militia of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the rival Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council. The prime minister has called for the sacking of the army major general in charge of security in Kerbala. As well as those killed more than 200 others were injured.