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Imam Shot and Killed Outside of New York City Mosque (Video)

By Carly Mallenbaum | 14 August 2016

USA TODAY — An imam and his associate were fatally shot Saturday after leaving afternoon prayer at their New York City mosque.

According to police, Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 64, were both shot in the back of the head at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 79th Street in Queens.

Surveillance video appears to show a man, wearing shorts and a dark polo shirt, approaching them from behind before fleeing with a gun. Police released a sketch early Sunday of a dark-haired, bearded man wearing glasses. Police said witnesses described the shooter as a man with a medium complexion.

No arrests had been made by early Sunday.

“There’s nothing in the preliminary investigation to indicate that they were targeted because of their faith,” said Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner of the New York Police Department. However, Reuters reports that there are videos of men gathering to demonstrate near the crime scene, with one telling the crowd that the murder was a hate crime.

In a statement, Sautner said that the police “are currently conducting an extensive canvass of the area for video and additional witnesses. There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.”

Shahin Chowdhury, a worshiper at the mosque, told AP that he recently heard people cursing while passing the mosque and advised community members to be cautious. He called the imam a “wonderful person.”

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  • Brabantian

    This New York City murder of a Muslim imam & companion outside a Queens mosque 13 Aug. 2016, looks as if part of a Gladio ‘Strategy of Tension’ … With another unusually expert & capable ‘lone gunman’ … Per New York Daily News, the Queens NY shooter, described in media as likely Hispanic, was very unusually expert, as if a paramilitary handgun professional:

    ‘The killer’s prowess got cops’ attention … “This guy looks like he has shot a gun before. You don’t walk up behind someone, even from 5 feet, and just get two head shots. How many times you see cops fire 16 times & they hit the guy only twice?” a police source said.’

    Also per New York Daily News, the killing of a Muslim imam in New York, is treated differently from the killing of a Jew in New York: ‘Khairul Islam Kukon, a community activist & a member of the mosque called out [New York City Mayor Bill] de Blasio for not visiting the site … “It’s been more than 48 hours,” Kukon said. “The mayor has not been here. If this was a Jewish community, the mayor would be there the next hour.”’

    Per New York Daily News, this shooting of a Muslim imam & his companion by a professional-level handgun shooter, nonetheless is suggested to be possibly the fault of Muslims themselves: ‘The shooting may have been payback after a group of Muslims allegedly attacked some Hispanics a few weeks earlier’

    Classic strategy of imperial powers is to false-flag attack both or multiple sides:
    – Kiev Ukraine snipers in 2014 killed both pro-Russia & pro-Nato sides in Maidan murders
    – In Iraq the US occupiers divided native resistance, via attacks on Shia for which Sunnis were blamed, & attacks on Sunnis for which Shia were blamed
    – In Cyprus decades ago, security services set out to burn the churches & blame the Muslims, and burn the mosques & blame the Christians

    Gladio 2.0 / Gladio B strategy may well be to follow prompted-arranged-staged killings by ‘mad Muslims’, with prompted-arranged-staged killings of Muslims by ‘mad Christians’

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