In New York Imam and his assistant shot dead

Police say the two, Imam Akonjee, 55 and his assistant Thara Uddin, 64, were approached from behind by a man who shot them both in the head.

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Scores of people from the nearby Muslim community gathered at the scene to mourn the late Imam play

Scores of people from the nearby Muslim community gathered at the scene to mourn the late Imam

(Reuters)
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An Imam and his assistant were on Saturday shot dead as they walked along a street in the New York borough of Queens.

Police say the two, Imam Akonjee, 55 and his assistant Thara Uddin, 64, were approached from behind by a man who shot them both in the head.

Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, moved to the city from Bangladesh two years ago, reports in New York said.

He had just left the mosque after prayers when he was shot, friends of the late Imam had told the media.

play Scores of people found mourning the late Imam (Reuters)

 

Scores of people from the nearby Muslim community gathered at the scene to mourn the late Imam, chanting "We want justice".

"These were two very beloved people. These were community leaders," Afaf Nasher, of the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told Reuters.

"There is a deep sense of mourning and an overwhelming cry for justice to be served," he said.

Police however said there were as yet "no indications" the men were targeted because of their faith.

A man holding a gun was seen leaving the scene of the shooting in the Ozone Park area.

Police are yet to make any arrest.

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