Islamophobia: Muslim Imam gunned down in New York City
WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (APP): A Muslim prayer leader and his friend
Maulana Akonjee, a Bangladesh national, and his friend Thara
Uddin were killed minutes after they had offered prayers a block way
in Al-Furqan Jamia Masjid in the Queensland area, according to a local
Dressed in Shalwar Kameez, the two were walking home when the killer approached them from behind and shot them in the head, according to police.
The 55-year-old Akonjee was a respected prayer leader who had arrived
in the United States two years ago. His friend died four hours after the shooting.
Scores of people who had gathered soon after the killing denounced the killing as a hate crime, but police said it was still investigating and it was too early to determine the motive.
The imam was described by local residents as a pious, well-regarded member of the community who had enmity with no one.