9 Aug 2022 5:51 p.m
Albuquerque police are stepping up their presence after a series of murders of Muslims. Three of the four murders occurred within two weeks. The victims came from Pakistan and Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden described the killings as “hateful attacks”.
Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have stepped up their presence on the ground after four murders of Muslims. Tim Keller, the city’s mayor, told the broadcaster CNN:
“First of all, we are making sure that the police are visible in the mosques to make it clear that we are there and watching.”
In certain areas of the city, the police are now patrolling more frequently. School classes will start again this week. Therefore there will be special programs for the safety of Muslim students, announced Keller and emphasized:
“So we’re trying to be extremely visible.”
Albuquerque police said Saturday night they were investigating a murder of a Muslim that may be linked to three similar acts in the city. In all four cases over the past nine months, the murdered were Muslim men from South Asia. The federal police FBI support the local police in the investigation.
The three most recent murders occurred within a two-week span and caused an uproar in the city. US President Joe Biden said on Sunday in light of the incidents:
“These hateful attacks have no place in America.”
On Twitter, the politician assures members of the religious community of his support. He was angry and saddened by the horrific murder of four Muslim men in Albuquerque.
“While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the families of the victims and my government stands firmly with the Muslim community.”
I am angered and saddened by the horrific killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the victims’ families, and my Administration stands strongly with the Muslim community.These hateful attacks have no place in America.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 7, 2022
Albuquerque police officers were alerted to a shooting in the city on Friday. At the scene, they found the body of 25-year-old Naeem Hussain of Pakistani origin.
The man’s death came a day after authorities determined there was a link between the murders of 27-year-old Muhammed Afzaal Hussain and 41-year-old Aftab Hussein. Both Pakistani Muslims were killed in southeast Albuquerque in the past two weeks, police said.
Investigators are also trying to determine whether the murder of Mohammad Ahmadi from Afghanistan is connected to the recent killings. Mohammad Ahmadi was killed in front of a shop in November 2021.
According to the police, the murders of the four men have one striking thing in common: they were all Muslims of South Asian origin.
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