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Muslims are nervous after killings in New Mexico

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Businesses in Albuquerque After three Muslim men he knew were ambushed and murdered in New Mexico's largest city in the past 10 days, Mula Akbar now carries a pistol most of the time.

He and other members of Albuquerque's Muslim community have been under police raids for who targeted and shot dead his four men of Pakistani or Afghan descent in the city since November. said it was taking such precautions while

Akbar last saw Naeem Hossein on Friday, August 1, and he killed his two other men, Muhammad al-Hussein, on July 26, respectively. 27) and Aftab Hussein, 41.

Hossein, in his mid-twenties, was shot dead hours later, along with his two other men, near his Avenue in Central, southeastern Albuquerque. . Akbar also knew Mohammad Ahmadi, a Muslim from Afghanistan like him. Ahmadi was shot dead on November 7, 2021, while smoking outside a store he and his brother ran in southeastern Albuquerque, Akbar said.

"People are trying to come to terms with 'Why us?' But why specifically the Muslim community?" Akbar, who has said:

Police have offered few clues as to why they believe the murders are related other than the victim's race and religion.

University of New Mexico (UNM) ), Albuquerque Police Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock called on the public to look out for a gray or silver Volkswagen Jetta that was believed to be involved in the killing.

All four victims worshiped that his three recent killings took place near his UNM campus and some Pakistani students left town for safety. said Tahir Gauba, spokesman for the Islamic Center of New Mexico.

During a briefing, police recommended that worried students carry pepper spray around campus, but said vigilance and attention to each other were the best defenses. (New Mexico) (Reported by Andrew Hay, State Taos, Edited by Gerry Doyle)