Suspect arrested in the killing of 4 Muslims in the United States

Police in the US state of New Mexico have arrested a man they described as the prime suspect in the killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque since last November, in a series of ambushes that rocked the Muslim community in the state's largest city.

Police credited information provided by residents with helping investigators locate a vehicle they believe was used in at least one of the killings, and eventually track down the suspect, identified as "Muhammad Syed," 51, a resident of Albuquerque.

Sayed was officially charged with the murders of Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzal Hussein, 27, on July 26 and August 1, respectively, but he is considered a suspect in the four murders, according to the city's police chief, Harold Medina, in a press conference. .

The latest victim, Naim Hussain, 25, a truck driver who became a US citizen on July 8, was killed on Friday, hours after the burials of the two men killed in July and August, both of Pakistani origin.

The first victim, Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, born in Afghanistan, was killed on November 7, 2021, while smoking a cigarette outside a grocery store and cafe he ran with his brother in the southeastern part of the city.

Police said the two killings with which Syed was accused were linked to each other based on bullet casings found at the two killing sites.

Police said investigators were preparing to search Sid's home in southeast Albuquerque on Monday when he left the house in the vehicle that investigators identified to the public the day before as a "vehicle of interest."

In a statement, police said that in addition to seizing multiple firearms at the suspect's home, investigators discovered "evidence showing that the perpetrator knew the victims to some extent, and a personal dispute may have led to their shooting."

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