Two members of the same mosque, Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41, both from Pakistan, were murdered in southeast Albuquerque last week, police said in a statement. hurry. Detectives are now trying to determine if there are any links between these killings and the November 2021 murder of another Muslim, Mohammad Ahmadi, of South Asian descent.
“While we are still reviewing all the evidence for further connections, it is deeply troubling that these three men are Muslim and of similar ancestry,” said Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of the police department’s Criminal Investigations Division. .
Hartsock asked for the public’s help in identifying “the shooter or shooters”, saying the victims in all three cases were “ambushed without warning, shot and killed”.
Investigators met with leaders of the Islamic Center of New Mexico Thursday morning.
“I want to reassure our friends in the Muslim community that we are making these crimes a top priority for the department,” ODA Chief Harold Medina said.
CNN has contacted the Islamic Center of New Mexico for comment.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda also pledged FBI assistance in locating the “person or persons” responsible.
“We send our condolences to the loved ones of the victims and we will not stop until justice is done,” he said.