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Albuquerque 'Serial Killer' Suspected of Killing 4 Muslim Men Held; Cops Probe Shia-Sunni Rift

By: News Desk

News18.com

Last Updated: August 10, 2022, 11:43 IST

Albuquerque, New Mexico

People at the New Mexico Islamic Center mosque commemorate four murdered Muslim men, hours after police said they arrested a prime suspect (Image: Reuters)

People at the New Mexico Islamic Center mosque commemorate four murdered Muslim men, hours after police said they arrested a prime suspect (Image: Reuters)

The suspect, an Afghan, was reportedly upset over his sister marrying a Shia Muslim. The man was held by Albuquerque cops on Tuesday

After four Muslim men were killed in New Mexico’s Albuquerque, the police said that they have arrested the primary suspect. The suspect Muhammad Syed was held on Tuesday and is charged with the murders of the two men.

Investigators found multiple firearms at Syed’s home. The police are investigating the deaths of the two other men to see if Syed is linked to those as well.

These deaths took place over the past nine months. Albuquerque police chief Harold Medina announced on Tuesday evening that they have apprehended the suspect after tracking down a vehicle which they believed was involved.

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The last three murders were committed in the past two weeks. The investigators are assuming that the attacks may have been motivated by personal conflict.

Police, however, did not comment upon or reveal information about reports that the suspect, a Sunni Muslim, may have targeted the victims because he was upset that his daughter married a Shia Muslim.

Police have not said the attacks were hate crimes.

The investigators revealed that the suspect came to the US from Afghanistan. The three victims were from Pakistan and they went to the same mosque that the suspect also attended. The fourth victim was from Afghanistan who was killed last November.

The victims were fired upon with no warning.

The deputy commander of the police criminal investigations division Kyle Hartsock said the suspect was arrested after his car was halted and a Swat team searched his home. Hartsock said that tip from the public led to the arrest two days after the cops distributed a photograph of the suspect’s vehicle.

The police in a news release said that detectives discovered evidence which reveals that the suspect knew the victims and there shootings may have been motivated by interpersonal conflict.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement that he hopes citizens feel secure following the arrests. US president Joe Biden said that ‘hateful attacks of such kind’ have no place in the US.

The serial killings and the hunt for the suspect garnered the attention of the entire state and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham sent additional law enforcement officers to the city to help the cops and the investigators. Rewards were also announced for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

(with inputs from the BBC)

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first published:August 10, 2022, 10:55 IST
last updated:August 10, 2022, 11:43 IST