- Prime suspect in serial killings of four Muslims men denies involvement.
- makes him first appearance in court Wednesday.
- The police say they were working with prosecutors on potential charges for murders.
Albuquerque, New Mexico: Muslims in interview in new mexico on Wednesday said they were shocked and ashamed of arrest of Muslim immigrant from Afghanistan in connection with killings of four Muslims men.
Police on On Tuesday they said they detained 51-year- Old Muhammad Syed. motive for killings remains unclear, but police said he may have acted on personal grievances, perhaps with overtones of intra-Muslim strife.
Syed denied any involvement with Any of four murders during police interrogation, according to The newspaper “New York Times.
“We in complete total mistrust. Silent. You knowKind of ashamed to say that he one of our own,” said Mula Akbar, an Afghan-American businessman. who said he helped Syed get settled in in city.
Syed prayed together at the Albuquerque Islamic Center. of New Mexico Mosque (ICNM) with most of victims. All four victims were of Afghan or Pakistani origin. One was killed in November, the other three in in last two weeks.
Syed, who made his first appearance in court on Wednesday, was formally charged with killing Aftab Hussein, 41 years old on July 26 and Mohammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, on August 1.
The police said on Tuesday they worked with prosecutors on potential charges for killings of Naeem Hussein, 25 years old truck driver killed on Friday, and Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, shot dead on November 7, 2021 outside grocery store he ran with his brother in southeast Albuquerque.
It wasn’t right away clear if Syed hired a lawyer.
Police declined to comment on rumors sayed was angry one of his daughters ran away and married a man with her own will.
daughter said CNN that her husband was a friend with two of in men who Aftab Hussein and Naim Hussein were killed. Woman, who CNN didn’t name out of anxiety for her safety told her father was not happy when she got married in 2018, but began to accept more recently.
“My father not a human who Can kill somebody. My father always talking about the world. That’s why we are here in United States. We came from Afghanistan, from fighting, from shooting,” she told CNN.
Samia Assed, a Palestinian-American, stated that a Muslim community of around 4000 in Albuquerque had work do to prevent the violence they left behind in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“This took to me back until 9/11 when I just wanted hide under a rock,” the human rights activist said after hosted an interfaith memorial at ICNM, Albuquerque’s oldest and largest mosque.
“In order for this to happen, it is necessary like parameter us back 100 years,” she said.
The mosque is not religious and has never been subjected to violence before. of of this kind, according to parishioners interviewed Reuters.
Syed is truck driver has six children is of Pashtun ethnicity and profit in USA as a refugee six years ago from the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, Akbar said, former US diplomat who worked on Afghan issues and helped found afghan society of New Mexico.
Syed developed a record of criminal misdeeds over in last three to four years, including the case of Domestic violence,” police said.
A February 2020 video shows him cutting tires. of a vehicle in the ICNM, which is believed to be owned family of in first a known victim, Ahmadi, according to the mosque’s president, attorney Ahmad Assad.
“We in surreal time trying to make sense of these senseless killings that we have suffered,” he said.