‘Major suspect’ detained in killings of 4 Muslim males in New Mexico

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The “major suspect” within the killings of 4 Muslim males in New Mexico was detained Tuesday, Albuquerque police mentioned.

The announcement comes after New Mexico authorities revealed they’re investigating the chance {that a} serial killer has been looking Muslim folks within the state’s largest metropolis.

“We tracked down the car believed to be concerned in a current homicide of a Muslim man in Albuquerque. The motive force was detained and he’s our major suspect for the murders,” town’s police chief Harold Medina tweeted Tuesday.

Medina didn’t launch the suspect’s identification and mentioned that his division will present additional updates later this afternoon.

On Sunday, Albuquerque police launched a picture of a darkish grey or silver Volkswagen sedan they believed to be linked to the killer.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham mentioned Saturday that she had deployed extra state police to assist discover the killer.

“The focused killings of Muslim residents of Albuquerque is deeply angering and wholly insupportable,” she wrote on Twitter.

Individuals unfold grime over Aftab Hussein’s grave at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
Chancey Bush/The Albuquerque Journal by way of AP
Albuquerque Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Cecily Barker holds a flyer with photos of a car wanted in connection with Muslim men murdered as Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham looks on in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sunday, Aug. 7,.
Police launched a picture of a darkish grey or silver Volkswagen sedan they believed to be linked to the killer.
Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal by way of AP

“We won’t cease in our pursuit of justice for the victims and their households and are bringing each useful resource to bear to apprehend the killer or killers — and we WILL discover them,” the Democrat mentioned in an announcement.

The victims embody Naeem Hussain, a Pakistani man who was killed Friday. His loss of life adopted the killings of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain on Monday, Aftab Hussein on July 26 and Mohammad Ahmadi in November 2021. All 4 males had been shot, and all had been working towards Muslims, in line with authorities.

The shootings have rattled New Mexico’s small Muslim group, which contains lower than one p.c of the state of two million folks.




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