Police in the United States state of New Mexico said they were investigating possible links between the deaths of three Muslims and the death of a fourth person from the same sect last year.
The Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement that He found the last victim on the night of last Friday to Saturday, which is still unknown.
According to the agents’ report, it was a 20-year-old Muslim and a man “from South Asia”.
“Investigators believe Friday’s killing may be linked to three recent killings of Muslim men in South Asia,” indicated in the text.
He is referring to the cases of 41-year-old Aftab Hussain, who died less than two weeks ago. While 27-year-old Muhammad Afzal Hussain is the third person to be killed last Monday night.
According to the report, spies are now investigating whether these killings are linked to the death of an Afghan man who was killed outside a business he ran in Albuquerque on November 7, 2021. This is Mohammad Zaheer Ahmadi, 62, who was murdered in November last year.
Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina announced that “A youth who is part of the Muslim community was killed.”
According to the information, the incident took place in the Truman & Grand area near San Mateo. The man killed was based outside Lutheran Family Services, an organization that provides aid to refugees.
For her part, the governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, expressed their displeasure over the attacks and expressed their solidarity with the Muslim community of that state in the southwestern United States.
“The targeted killings of Muslim residents of Albuquerque are extremely outrageous and completely unbearable,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
and added that “I will send additional state police officers to Albuquerque to work with the APD and the FBI to bring the killers to justice, And they will be found.”
“We will continue to do everything we can to support the Muslim community of Albuquerque and Greater New Mexico during this difficult time. You are the New Mexican, you are welcome here and we are with you”, he said.
For his part, on his Twitter account, researcher Syed Uzair ul Haq wrote: 4 Muslim men killed in this way back to back!!”
He said that “in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the first victim probably linked to the case is Mohamed Zahir Ahmadi, who was killed last year. The second is Aftab Hussain, who was killed less than two weeks ago,” he said. After posting a picture of four people.
authority He refrained from specifying whether any person or several suspects were behind these incidents, Nor did they confirm whether they were considered a hate crime.
“At the moment, we don’t know that,” Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallego told the media.
Meanwhile, the New Mexico State Police, the FBI, and the United States Marshals Service, among several other agencies, are advancing investigations to determine the link between these murders.
“I want to assure the members of the Muslim community that we are working with all our resources, but we would also like them to be alert, take care of each other,” Medina said.
The Albuquerque Police Chief said: “Look out for each other, let other people know when you’re in and out, make it very clear that others are watching you when you get in and out of your car or home. Make sure you are open and extremely visual and determined to go about your daily business.”
Finally, officials asked citizens to provide information that would allow them to apprehend the person or persons who are attacking Muslim men in the city.
*With information from AFP.