Iraqi Sunni MPs boycott parliament’s session

- Unknown assailants attack Sunni tribal chief in Shiite-majority area in northern Baghdad.

BAGHDAD (AA) – Iraqi Sunni MPs boycotted Saturday’s parliamentary session after the killing of al-Janabat tribal chief.

Al-Jabouri, a Sunni tribal chief, and 10 of his bodyguards, were killed Friday in a Shiite-majority area in northern Baghdad, police said.

“Unknown assailants attacked the convoy of al-Janabat tribe’s Sheikh Kasim Sweidan on al-Kanah road in al-Shaab area,” police told The Anadolu Agency.

The roads leading to the funeral were closed due to security concerns. A statement from the parliamentarians, who gathered at Salim al-Jabouri's residence, is expected.  

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi had lifted Baghdad’s eight-year curfew on Feb. 7.

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June 2014 when Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants stormed the northern province of Mosul and declared a self-styled caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

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