ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in New Mexico’s largest metropolis are attempting to find out if the ambush capturing deaths of three Muslim males over the previous 9 months might be related.
Albuquerque police have confirmed that native detectives and federal legislation enforcement officers are in search of doable ties among the many separate crimes. Two of the lads have been killed prior to now week, and each are from Pakistan and members of the identical mosque. The opposite case dates again to November and concerned a Muslim man of South Asian descent.
Deputy Police Commander Kyle Hartsock would not share specifics, however he stated the commonality among the many victims is race and faith.
“We’re taking this very critically. We would like the general public’s assist in figuring out this cowardly particular person,” Hartsock stated throughout a information convention Thursday in entrance of the Islamic Heart of New Mexico.
The governor, Albuquerque’s mayor and civil rights teams have raised issues, saying violence in opposition to members of the neighborhood primarily based on race or faith is not going to be tolerated.
Hartsock reiterated that authorities can’t say but if the shootings have been hate crimes till they’ve recognized a suspect and might decide a motive.
The killings got here as Albuquerque is on tempo for an additional record-setting yr of homicides.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Friday supplied a $5,000 reward for info resulting in the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals chargeable for the capturing deaths. The council is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group.
“If a bias-motive is decided, state and federal authorities ought to apply applicable hate crime expenses,” stated Nihad Awad, the director of the nationwide group.
Prior to now week, Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41, have been killed in southeast Albuquerque. Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, was killed on Nov. 7, 2021, behind the market and cafe he owned together with his brother.
“In all three instances, the victims have been ambushed with no warning, fired on and killed,” Hartsock stated.
Ahmad Assed, the president of Islamic Heart of New Mexico, stated he didn’t imagine the three victims knew each other, in line with the Albuquerque Journal.
“The neighborhood definitely is in want of understanding the egregiousness of the conduct displayed in all three of theses shootings,” Assed stated at a information convention. “If it’s true that we have been focused as Muslims, then they should be very vigilant in defending themselves and taking measures of precaution. They should be careful for his or her environment.”
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