New York Post

Suspect busted in New Mexico Muslim slays

- Ben Kesslen

Police in Albuquerqu­e, NM, nabbed the “primary suspect” in the killings of four local Muslim men on Tuesday — and now believe the victims may have been hunted down by a Sunni for being Shia.

Authoritie­s charged Muhammad Syed, 51, with two of the four homicides after connecting those murders by tracing bullet casings, according to a press release.

Ahmad Assed, president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico, told The New York Times that authoritie­s briefed him on the killings and said that Syed is a Sunni Muslim who was upset that his daughter married someone who is part of the Shia sect. The Post has not confirmed this report.

Albuquerqu­e’s police chief, Harold Medina, tweeted earlier Tuesday that his department “tracked down the vehicle believed to be involved in a recent murder of a Muslim man in Albuquerqu­e.”

“The driver was detained, and he is our primary suspect for the murders,” Medina said.

The announceme­nt came after New Mexico authoritie­s revealed they were investigat­ing the possibilit­y that a serial killer has been hunting Muslim people in the state’s largest city.

On Sunday, Albuquerqu­e police released an image of a dark gray or silver Volkswagen sedan they believed to be connected to the killer.

In their press release Tuesday, they connected Syed to the Volkswagen, saying cops saw him driving the car.

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