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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities:
A lawyer says an uncle of the shooter in last week's killing of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee has been in custody in Jordan since a day after the attack.
Abdel Qader al-Khatib told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has visited his client and that family members were prevented from visiting. Al-Khatib identified his client as Asaad Ibrahim Abdulazeez Haj Ali, a maternal uncle of the Tennessee attacker, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
The Tennessee shooter had spent several months in Jordan last year, and a Jordanian government official said Tuesday that some of Abdulazeez' relatives in Jordan were being questioned as part of an investigation into his stay in the kingdom.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case with the media, did not know if the uncle was in detention.
Associated Press writer Karin Laub contributed to this report.
Qatar says the shooter in the killing of four Marines and a U.S. sailor in Tennessee last week transited through the Gulf state on his way back from a visit to Jordan but never set foot outside the airport.
Qatar's government media office made the comments in a statement responding to questions from The Associated Press on Tuesday following news reports that Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez had visited the country.
The statement says Abdulazeez changed planes Doha's Hamad International Airport on his way to the United States in November 2014.
It adds that statements suggesting "Abdulazeez entered the State of Qatar are false."
Qatar has emerged as a major long-haul transit hub in the Middle East thanks to the rapid growth of government-backed Qatar Airways.
Associated Press writers Adam Schreck and Karin Laub contributed to this report.