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NYC mosque leader, associate shot dead; worshippers censure anti-Muslim politics

NEW YORK — The personality of a New York City mosque and an associate were fatally shot in a contemptuous illumination conflict as they left afternoon prayers Saturday.

Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and his 64-year-old associate, Thara Uddin, were shot in a behind of a conduct as they left a Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in a Ozone Park territory of Queens shortly before 2 p.m., military said.

Both organisation were conspicuous passed after Saturday, an director during Jamaica Hospital said.

Police conspicuous no ground has been determined and there is no reason to trust a organisation were shot since they were Muslim. No suspects are in custody.

“There’s zero in a rough review to prove that they were targeted since of their faith,” conspicuous Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner of a New York Police Department.

But a male who worships during a mosque is blaming a sharpened on anti-Muslim tongue from some domestic figures.

Millat Uddin conspicuous a sharpened “could be a net outcome of a politics that is going on.”

Other members of a mosque also labeled it a hatred crime, the New York Daily News reported.

“That’s not what America is about,” internal proprietor Khairul Islam, 33, told a News. “We censure Donald Trump for this … Trump and his play has combined Islamophobia.”

Members of a Bangladeshi Muslim village served by a mosque conspicuous they wish a shootings to be treated as a hatred crime. More than 100 people attended a convene Saturday night and chanted “We wish justice!”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group, hold a news discussion nearby a sharpened scene, where Kobir Chowdhury, a personality during another internal mosque, said, “Read my lips: This is a hatred crime” destined during Islam. “We are peace-loving.”

Naima Akonjee conspicuous her father didn’t “have any problems with anyone.”

Sarah Sayeed, a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staff, serves as a relationship to Muslim communities. She attended a convene and said, “I know a fear since we feel it myself. we know a anger. But it’s really critical to mountain a consummate investigation.”

Members of a village had felt passion lately, with people impiety while flitting a mosque, conspicuous worshipper Shahin Chowdhury. He conspicuous he had suggested people to be clever walking around, generally when in normal clothing.

He called a imam a “wonderful person” with a voice that done his Koran readings generally compelling.

Naima Akonjee, 28, one of a imam’s 7 children, conspicuous she rushed to her parents’ home after a shooting. She conspicuous her father used to call her only to check adult on either she had eaten properly. She’d tell him, “Why are we caring about me?” “And he said, ‘If I’m not caring about you, who will?'” she recalled.

Neighbors also described Uddin as a divine and courteous male who prayed 5 times a day and went to a mosque. While during home, they conspicuous he would H2O his garden and one subsequent door.

“A really honest, correct male … (And) a really useful guy,” conspicuous neighbor Mohammed Uddin, who is not a propinquity of Thara Uddin’s.

The National Desk contributed to this report.

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