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Afghan immigrant held in shooting of four Muslims in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE (New Mexico), Aug 10: A 51-year-old Muslim immigrant from Afghanistan, Muhammad Syed has been arrested in the serial killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week. The deceased were Afghan or Pakistani immigrants.

Reacting to the shootings that rattled the Islamic community of Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest city, President Biden had asserted that such attacks "have no place in America."

A search of the suspect's Albuquerque home revealed that the offender knew the victims. The police suspect sectarian rivalries among the Muslim community as the cause for the killings. Syed has a record of petty criminal background.

The police had tracked down a vehicle believed to be involved in one of the killings in New Mexico's largest city. "The driver was detained, and he is our primary suspect for the murders," they had tweeted earlier. They suspect the same Volkswagen was used in all four murders.

The killings had shocked the Muslim communities all over America. "This is so terrifying. I'm so scared. I travel alone," a woman in far away Michigan had reacted. Muslims are worried what would happen to them. Many in Albuquerque did not venture out and felt insecure in the city. Terrified families of Albuquerque's Muslim community went into hiding in their own homes.

Naeem Hussain, a truck driver who became a US citizen on July 8, was killed on Friday night and the three other men died in ambush shootings. Hussain, 25, was from Pakistan. His death came just days after those of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41, who were also from Pakistan and members of the same mosque, Albuquerque's largest, news agencies reported. Naeem Hussain's death was hours after attending the burial of the two men.

Muhammad Afzaal Hussain was working for a local Democratic Rep. Melanie Stansbury.

The funeral service was held for Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, at the Islamic Centre of New Mexico on Friday.

The city has 5,000 Muslims.

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