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Leaders believe killer targeting Muslims in New Mexico motivated by sectarian anger

Leaders believe killer targeting Muslims in New Mexico motivated by sectarian anger
Charges filed in two of four killings, 当局は言う

Community leaders in Albuquerque, ニューメキシコ, believe the man arrested as the “primary suspect” in the killings of four Muslim men in recent months may have targeted his victims out of sectarian hate.

アフマド・アセド, president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico, said officials had told him that the suspect, Muhammad Syed, 51, targeted the men because he was angry over his daughter marrying a Shiite Muslim man, ニューヨークタイムズ 報告書.

火曜日に, Albuquerque Police Department officials said during a press conference they were aware of this theory, but hadn’t officially assigned a hate motive to the killings, デイリービースト レポート.

Officials arrested Mr Syed, a native of Afghanistan, after connecting him with a Volkswagen sedan believed to have ties to the four killings, which began in November.

A search of Mr Syed’s home yielded a gun believed to have been used in the killings, 警察によると.

He’s been charged with the two recent murders that have shocked the city of half a million: the killing of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, パキスタンから渡米し、エスパニョーラ市の企画部長を務めた, 誰だった 遺体で発見 in early August from gunshot wounds; and the murder of Naeem Hussain, 誰だった 射殺された last Friday in the parking lot of an Albuquerque NGO that offers services to refugees and asylum seekers.

Police said on Tuesday Mr Syed is also the main suspect in two other killings: インクルード 26 July death of an Afghan café worker named Aftab Hussein, 41, and the November killing of Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, 11月に兄と一緒に経営していたハラルマーケットの裏で撃たれた.

“This has been a tough week for our community,” APD Chief Harold Medina said in a statement announcing the charges. “But we all pitched in to solve these crimes and protect a community that felt like it was under attack.”

Mr Syed reportedly knew the victims personally to a certain extent, KOB4 reports.

Local jail records do not indicate whether Mr Syed has legal representation yet, or how he intends to plead.

Muslim leaders celebrated the arrest.

“We welcome the arrest of a suspect in this horrific shooting spree and we commend law enforcement for their efforts at the local, state and federal levels,” the Council on American-Islamic Relations said on Tuesday in a statement. “We hope the news that this violence has been brought to an end will provide the New Mexico Muslim community some sense of relief and security.”

The violence has rocked the city, which prides itself on being welcoming to migrants from Latin America, 中東, 以降.

Hundreds of people have settled in Albuquerque from Afghanistan following the US exit from the country.

「誰も仕事に行かなかった, 誰も食料品を求めて外に出ませんでした, 人々は会議をキャンセルしました. ベランダに座れない. アパートの外に出られない. これは私たちにとって非常に苦痛です,” Muhammad Imtiaz Hussain, the brother of the slain Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 言った 独立者.

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