Jordan says uncle of Chattanooga shooter under investigation

This April 2015 booking photo released by the Hamilton County Sheriffs Office shows a man identified as Mohammad Youssduf Adbulazeer after being detained for a driving offense. A U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity identified the gunman in shootings at two Chattanooga military facilities as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who shares the same age and address as the man in the photo. (Hamilton County Sheriffs Office via AP)

AMMAN, Jordan. (AP) – A Jordanian official says the uncle of the man who killed five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee last week is under investigation in custody in Jordan.

The official said Wednesday authorities are “trying to get as much information as possible” from Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali, the maternal uncle of the attacker, Muhammed Youssef Abdulazeez.

Abdulazeez spent time at his uncle’s home in Jordan last year. Haj Ali’s detention was first reported Tuesday. He was arrested Friday, a day after the shooting attacks.

The official says Haj Ali is “being investigated regarding his relative and the period he (the relative) stayed in Jordan.”

He says the investigation is being conducted in close coordination with U.S. counterparts. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

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