WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Sunday condemned the killings of four Muslim men in New Mexico that police say may be linked.
“I am outraged and saddened by the gruesome killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque,” the US president said on Twitter.
“While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the families of the victims, and my administration stands firmly with the Muslim community. These despicable attacks have no place in America.”
Police in New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, said Saturday they are investigating the murders of three Muslim men they now suspect are related to a fourth murder last year.
The Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement that they had discovered the latest victim Friday night.
TV station KOB4 reported that his body was found near the Lutheran Family Services office, which provides aid to refugees.
Police did not identify the man, but said he was in his mid-20s, Muslim and “a native of South Asia”.
“Investigators believe Friday’s murder may be linked to three recent killings of Muslim men from South Asia,” the statement said.
Two of the previous victims were Muslim Pakistani men, a 27-year-old whose body was found on August 1 and a 41-year-old man who was found on July 26.
Detectives are now investigating whether these killings are linked to the death of a Muslim man from Afghanistan who was driven out of a business he ran with his brother in Albuquerque on November 7, 2021, the statement said. was.
Police urged anyone with information to call the tip line and said the FBI was assisting with the investigation.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham expressed outrage over the killings, calling them “completely intolerable” and saying she was sending additional state police officers to Albuquerque to assist with the investigation.
She said she was sending additional state police officers to Albuquerque to help with the investigation.
“We will continue to do everything we can to support the Muslim community of Albuquerque and Greater New Mexico,” she said.
America’s largest Muslim civil rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has offered a $10,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers.
Tension has risen sharply in the city’s Muslim community.
“Now, people are starting to panic,” Tahir Gauba, director of public affairs for the Islamic Center of New Mexico, told the Albuquerque Journal.