Aug 15, 2016

Two Muslim Suspected To Be Imam and his assistant shot dead in New York City

An imam and his assistant were fatally shot in broad daylight attack as they left afternoon prayers yesterday in New York City

Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 64, were shot in the head by a man who approached them from behind in Queens shortly before 2pm on Saturday, August 13, police said.

Akonjee, a father-of-seven, and Uddin were both pronounced dead later on. The imam had moved to New York from Bangladesh two years ago and was close friends with Mr Uddin. Police said there was nothing at this stage to indicate that the men were shot because they were Muslim

Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner of the New York Police Department said video surveillance showed the victims were approached from behind by a man in a dark polo shirt and shorts who shot them, then fled with the gun still in his hand.
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