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Afghan Muslims Arrested in Murder That Shook New Mexico's Muslim Community

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Andrew Hay and Steve Gorman

Albuquerque — Muslim immigrant from Afghanistan arrested as prime suspect in serial murder of four Muslim men it was done. Mexico's largest city, police said on Tuesday.

After days of tightening security around mosques in the Albuquerque area and easing fears of a mass shooting driven by anti-Muslim hatred, police announced Tuesday that the city's Islamic One of his followers, Muhammad, who is 51, has announced that he has arrested Saeed. immigrant community.

Authorities said the killings may have been rooted in personal grudges, possibly containing nuances within Muslim sects.


All four victims were of Afghan or Pakistani descent. One he was murdered in November, and his remaining three were killed in his fortnight.

A search of the suspect's Albuquerque home found "evidence that the perpetrator had some knowledge of the victim, and that a personal confrontation may have led to the shooting."

Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock said at a press conference that investigators still had no motive for the murders of the four men. said it was put together.

In response to reporters' questions, Hartsock said the suspect's sectarian animosity toward fellow Muslim victims may have contributed to the violence. "But it's not clear if that was the real motive, part of the motive, or just missing the bigger picture," he said.

Syed has a misdemeanor record in the United States, including a case of domestic violence over the past three to four years, Hartsock said.

Police say investigators have located a vehicle believed to have been used in at least one of his murders, and eventually he identified a man he called the "prime suspect" in all four murders. I credited numerous tips from the public that helped me find out.

Syed was murdered on 26 July and he was killed on 1 August respectively for his two murders of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27. Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said at a briefing.

The latest victim, Nayeem Hussain, 25, a truck driver who became a U.S. citizen on July 8, was killed in July and August. was killed Friday hours after attending the burial of the two men. Pakistani.

All three of his recent victims were present at the New Mexico Islamic Center, the largest mosque in Albuquerque. They were all shot near Central Avenue in southeastern Albuquerque.

The first known victim, Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, from Afghanistan, was killed at a grocery store he and his brother owned in the southeast on November 7, 2021. and died while smoking outside a cafe. of the city.

Bullet casings

Police said his two murders, for which Sayid was originally charged, were linked based on bullet casings found at the two murder scenes. . his house.

Police said they were preparing to search Syed's residence in southeastern Albuquerque on Monday when he drove into his residence the day before in a vehicle that investigators had identified as a "vehicle of interest." I drove the car from

Albuquerque and state officials have warned that mosques may not be allowed to enter mosques during prayer times due to ongoing investigations in the city, which is home to more than 5,000 Muslims of the total population. We are working to deploy the police. 565,000.

An ambush-like shooting of men terrorized Albuquerque's Muslim community. Families went into hiding at home, and some Pakistani students at the University of New Mexico fled town out of fear.

Imtiaz Hussein, whose brother was the city planning director and was killed on August 1, said the news of his arrest reassured many in the Muslim community.

``Tell the children, 'Can I sit on the balcony?''' he said. (Reporting by Andrew Hay, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Steve Gorman, Los Angeles. Additional reporting by Rami Ayyub, Washington. Tyler Clifford, New York and Dan Whitcomb, Los Angeles. Jonathan Ortiz, Cynthia Osterman. , Daniel Wallis, edited by Raju Gopalakrishnan)