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'Prime Suspect' in Albuquerque Murder of Muslim Man Appears for First Time

Police said Muhammad Saeed, 51, of Albuquerque was responsible for the killing of four Muslim men in the city between November and August. "primary suspect".

On August 1 he was killed by Muhammad al-Hussein aged 27 and on July 26 he was killed by Aftab Hussein aged 41. has been charged with the murder of

Syed was arrested on Tuesday, after advice from the public, officials said. He was stopped by police while driving near Santa Rosa, New Mexico, more than 100 miles east of Albuquerque.

Authorities found a firearm during a raid on his home, information indicating that Said may have known the victim "somewhat" and that the interpersonal conflict may have led to the killing.

One of the recovered firearms was linked to a bullet casing found at the scene of two murders, police said Tuesday. affidavit of arrest. said the affidavit.

On Wednesday, he appeared in court via video from the detention center.

Through a Pashto interpreter, he asked to address the court at the hearing. His attorney, Megan Mitsunaga, asked the court not to take statements from her client.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Rene Torres also advised Said that silence was best for him. "Good," Said replied.

Syed's case will be removed to district court. Meanwhile, he is unrestrained and restrained.

In announcing Saeed's arrest on Tuesday, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said two others of his, 62-year-old Mohammad Zaher Ahmadi, were killed in November. He said the agency was cooperating with the district attorney's office regarding the man's possible death. On August 7, 2021, Naeem Hussain, 25, was murdered on August 5 after attending the funerals of his two other victims.

Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief of Criminal Investigation, Kyle Hartsock, said authorities continue to view Said as the "most likely person of interest or suspect" in these killings. Strong enough evidence," he said.

Said denied involvement in the killing in an interview with police on Tuesday, according to his arrest affidavit.

The murders in which Syed is charged -- Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain -- occurred several days apart, and police Hartsock said the casings found at both crime scenes were fired from the same firearm. I hooked them up quickly after deciding it was likely.

"We immediately began investigating other potentially similar cases to confirm that there may in fact be an active public threat," Hartsock said. added Mr.

It was then that police turned their attention to another unsolved murder in the city: the murder of Afghan man Mohammad Ahmadi on 7 November. Brother.

All three killings involved Muslim men who were "ambushed, shot and killed without warning," Hartsock said.

Aftab Hussein was found lying next to his car on July 26 with multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. According to the complaint, the attacker was found to have been ambushed behind bushes near the driveway.

Muhammud Afzaal Hussain was found with multiple gunshot wounds on August 1 by police officers responding to a report of a drive-by shooting, the complaint said.

A fourth Muslim man, Naeem Hussain, was shot dead before midnight on his Aug. 5 while police were still trying to piece together whether his three killings were linked. it was done.

Albuquerque's Muslim community has also triggered hundreds of reports to law enforcement, officials said Tuesday.

Who is Muhammad Said?

Syed is the father of his six children, whose family has lived in the United States for about six years after emigrating from Afghanistan, his daughter, she told CNN. rice field.

Hours before police announced Sayid was a suspect,CNN was inside his home and spoke with his daughter. Before he was arrested and before authorities executed a search warrant at his family's home. Out of consideration for her daughter's safety, CNN chose not to name her.

"My father is not a killer. He has always talked about peace. That is why we are here in America. It came from a shooting," she said. CNN.

Her daughter told CNN that she married a man in February 2018. Her father was not happy with the marriage at the time, but she has come to accept it in recent times.Her husband is her two victims, Aftab Hussein and she is a friend of Naeem Hussain. she said.

Syed has had several previous "minor arrests [from the Albuquerque Police Department] for domestic violence" and other incidents, he said, Hartsock. According to Hartsock, all three previous domestic violence accusations faced by Sayid have been dismissed.