ISLAMABAD, Aug 09 (Alliance News): The US President Joe Biden has condemned the recent killing of 4 Muslim men in the state of New Mexico, saying that the police are treating crimes against Muslims as hate crimes.
According to foreign media, the US President Joe Biden said in his statement on Twitter, “I am saddened and outraged by the horrific killing of 4 Muslim men in Albuquerque. While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the families of the victims.” , my administration stands firmly with the Muslim community, such hateful attacks have no place in America.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called the deaths “totally intolerable” and said she was sending additional state police officers to Albuquerque to assist in the investigation.
“We will continue to do everything we can to support the Muslim community in Albuquerque and New Mexico,” he said.
A Muslim community leader in the city of Albuquerque, where the killings took place, said such assurances were badly needed.
Ahmad Asad, president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico (ICNM), told CNN that people are “incredibly scared and nervous, some people want to leave the state until this thing is over.” While some people have left the state, businesses are closing early and students won’t leave their homes.
ICN director of public affairs Tahir Guba said Christian and Jewish groups in the area are holding an interfaith meeting at the ICNM mosque on Tuesday where they will pray to express their support and solidarity with Muslims.
Tahir Goba said a Jewish community center has offered to provide halal food to Muslims in the area if they are afraid to go out shopping.
Two of the victims, Muhammad Afzal Hussain and Naeem Hussain, were Pakistanis, while the other two nationals, Aftab Hussain and Muhammad Ahmadi, were Afghans, although both had lived as refugees in Pakistan before immigrating to the United States.
Afzal Hussain, 27, born in 1994 in Hujra Shah Moqim, was killed near his home on August 1 while Naeem Hussain, 25, was killed on Friday and belonged to the tribal areas of FATA.
Aftab Hussain, 41, was killed in the city’s International District on July 26. The first victim of the brutal violence was Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, who was killed near the market he owned in November.
Mohammad Imtiaz Hussain, brother of Afzal Hussain, said the White House contacted ICNM immediately after the August 1 murder, even as President Joe Biden issued a statement in this regard.