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New Mexico police detain suspect in murder of Muslim man

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TAOS — New Mexico Police said Tuesday they had detained a suspect believed to be involved in the shooting of four Muslim men in Albuquerque over the past nine months.

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina wrote on Twitter that police tracked a vehicle of interest in a murder investigation. "The driver is in custody and is the prime suspect in the murder," Medina wrote. . He said police will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Albuquerque and state officials have announced that his 5,000 Muslims out of about 565,000 are in New He, Mexico's largest city, during prayer times under investigation. are working to place police in mosques. Total resident.

Ambush shootings of Pakistani or Afghan men terrorized Albuquerque's Muslim community. Some families hid in their homes, and some Pakistani students at the University of New Mexico fled town out of fear.

The first killing he occurred in November. In the past two weeks, he has had three more men murdered.

"I am really relieved that this has happened," said Imtiaz Hussein, brother of the murdered City Planning Director Mohammed Afzar Hussein, of the arrest.

Officials at the Islamic Center in New Mexico, the largest mosque in Albuquerque where some of the murdered men attended, declined to comment immediately. (Reporting by Andrew Hay of him in Taos, New Mexico and Rami Ayyub of him in Washington, edited by Jonathan Oatis and Cynthia Osterman)