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Uncle of Chattanooga shooter released in Jordan: lawyer

Intelligence services ‘released my client, university teacher Assaad al-Haj Ali Ibrahim, who has been held since last Friday’

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The uncle of a man who killed five U.S. troops in Tennessee was released from detention in Jordan Thursday after almost a week of interrogation by the FBI and local intelligence services, his lawyer said.

Assaad al-Haj Ali Ibrahim is the uncle of Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, who killed four U.S. marines and a sailor at two military centers in Chattanooga last week, before dying himself in a shootout with police.

Intelligence services “released my client, university teacher Assaad al-Haj Ali Ibrahim, who has been held since last Friday,” Abdelkader al-Khatib told AFP.

He is in “good health, but tired” after being interrogated by the FBI and Jordanian intelligence, and is now back with his family, the lawyer added.

Abdulazeez stayed with his uncle and worked in his mobile telephone shop during a visit to Jordan lasting several months last year.

Khatib said U.S. authorities were interested in knowing more about that visit to better understand the gunman’s state of mind before he went on the deadly rampage.

Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, according to Jordanian authorities. He does not have Jordanian nationality despite being given a Jordanian travel document in 2014 -- a common practice with Palestinians -- they added.

Assaad al-Haj Ali Ibrahim is of Palestinian origin and has joint Jordanian-U.S. citizenship.