Abdulazeez Only Switched Planes in Qatar
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – 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.