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Afghan held for Albuquerque murders

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ALBUQUERQUE: ADP Chief of Police Harold Medina on Wednesday (10th of August, 2022) took to the Twitter to inform that they had tracked down the vehicle believed to be involved in a recent murder of Muslim men here. 

Earlier, APD had released photos of a vehicle of interest in the shootings of 4 Muslim men:

Vehicle used by the killer

“The driver was detained and he is our primary suspect for the murders. We will update the media later this afternoon…I’m incredibly grateful for the hard work of everyone who worked swiftly to help bring justice to the families and victims impacted by these tragic crimes. Meeting some of the family members of the victims today was a bittersweet moment I will never forget,” Albuquerque Chief of Police tweeted.

Police in the US city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, say they have arrested their “primary suspect” in the killings of four Muslim men (that took place over a period of nine months: the last three murders were committed in the last two weeks).

According to Albuquerque Police a 51-year-old Afghan Muslim immigrant identified as Muhammad Syed, 51 has been charged with the murders of two of the Muslim men and recovered a number of firearms from his habitat. Police is also working with investigators to charge Muhammad Syed with the other two murders.

As far as the motive of the killings is concerned, Albuquerque Police believe that it could either be personal or a Shia-Sunni (intra-Muslim secretarian) grudge. It is pertinent to mention here that those killed were all Shias.

This scribe stayed in Albuquerque back in 2015 (during the month of Ramazan). The place is basically a sort of conservation provided to the natives (generally called Red Indians). It is probably the 18th poorest State of USA and known for its balloon festival.

One thing this scribe noted while visiting a school there. There were notices pasted on the walls informing non-Muslim students that many of their Muslim school fellows were fasting. So they were requested not to eat and drink in front of them.  In such a cordial milieu such killings shook the nation and even the President of USA strongly condemned the Albuquerque murders.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.