Sheik Ali al-Nida was the 65-year-old chief of Iraq's al-Bu Nasir tribe, a large Sunni Arab clan of about 20,000 members, including Saddam's family.As the head of the clan, al-Nida received Saddam's body after his 2006 execution and arranged the former dictator's funeral.
Al-Nida's brother, Mahmoud al-Nida, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in summer 2006.
A reporter at the scene said a suspected car bomber rammed into the fence of a house before gunmen burst out of the vehicle running. A gunbattle erupted, with Iraqi soldiers killing at least one of the men. Two others escaped, and a fourth wounded man was arrested.
Afterward, the dead man's body lay in the street, covered with a newspaper. Blood pooled nearby.