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Latest: Daughter says slain NYC imam had no enemies

A New York cleric and his assistant were shot down on Saturday after prayers at a nearby mosque, police said.

Published: 14th August 2016 08:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2016 01:06 PM   |  A+A-

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This undated photo provided by Abdul Chowdhury, Imam Maulama Akonjee is shown. Akonjee and another man died in a fatal shooting Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in the Queens borough of New York after prayers. | AP

By AP

NEW YORK: The Latest on the fatal shooting of an in imam and another man outside a New York City mosque (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

The daughter of an imam who was fatally shot as he left a New York City mosque after prayers says her father had no enemies.

Naima Akonjee says her father, Maulama Akonjee, didn't have "any problems with anyone."

Maulama Akonjee and a friend, Thara Uddin, were shot in the head as they walked home from a mosque in Queens on Saturday.

Police say they don't know the motive for the shootings and that there's no indication the men were targeted because of their faith.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group, held a news conference near the shooting scene, where Kobir Chowdhury, a leader at another local mosque, said, "Read my lips: This is a hate crime" directed at Islam.

>>Police search for suspect in killing of imam, friend  

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8 p.m.

Members of the Bangladeshi Muslim community are holding a rally at the site where an imam and his friend were fatally shot while walking home from a mosque.

Police say they haven't determined a motive for the killings Saturday, and that there's no indication the men were targeted because of their faith. But speakers at the rally in Queens say they fear the men could be victims of a hate crime.

Scores of people gathered at the shooting site are chanting "We want justice!"

Millat Uddin, a member of the mosque, has called on authorities to treat the killings as a hate crime.

Police say 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and 64-year-old Thara Uddin were fatally shot by someone who approached them from behind.

No suspects are in custody.

The mosque serves a community of Bangladeshi immigrants.

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7 p.m.

The leader of a New York City mosque and an associate have been fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack.

Police say 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and his 64-year-old associate were shot in the back of the head as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Queens shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday.

Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner says Akonjee was killed. The other man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Sautner says no motive has been determined.

But a man who worships at the mosque is blaming the shooting on anti-Muslim rhetoric from some political figures.

Millat Uddin says the shooting "could be a net result of the politics that is going on."

The mosque serves a community of Bangladeshi immigrants.



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