Chattanooga gunman’s uncle detained in Jordan as search for motive continues


n uncle of the gunman who killed five servicemen last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been detained for questioning in Jordan, his lawyer said on Tuesday, as investigators continue to try to find a motive for the shootings.

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, was identified by the FBI as the shooter in the attack that killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer at a US Navy Reserve Centre on Thursday.

His uncle was questioned by US and Jordanian investigators, the lawyer, Abed al-Qader Ahmad al-Khateeb, said. He is related to the gunman, Mohammad Abdulazeez, through his mother.

Abdulazeez’s parents are from Jordan, and he spent seven months there last year, staying with relatives. Investigators are trying to determine whether he was radicalised by contact with Islamist extremists during his stay and whether he travelled to any other countries. He was killed in a shootout during the attack.

US President Barack Obama called for all flags at the White House and all federal buildings, including overseas embassies, to be lowered to halfmast to honour the five dead.

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