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PICTURED: Afghan man arrested on suspicion of murdering four fellow Muslims in Albuquerque ‘in a fury after his Sunni daughter married a Shiite man’: Muhammad Syed, 51, had previously faced domestic violence allegations
- A suspect who moved to the U.S. from Afghanistan has been arrested in the serial killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque over the past nine months
- Ahmad Assed, president of the city’s largest mosque, said police told him that the suspect is a Sunni Muslim angered by his daughter marrying a Shiite Muslim
- The brother of one of the victims told DailyMail.com their family was Sunni, not Shiite, and he did not believe the hypothesis
- Muhammad Syed, 51, was arrested on Tuesday after police sought information about a grey sedan seen at the murder scenes, and the community offered tips
- Syed was charged with domestic violence in May 2018 and aggravated battery in December 2018, DailyMail.com has learnt, but both charges were dropped
- The victims include Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi, 62; Aftab Hussein, 41; Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27; and Naeem Hussain, 25
- Each of the men were immigrants to the United States – two from Afghanistan, two from Pakistan: all were fatally shot within a five-mile radius of each other
- Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina announced on Tuesday the police department tracked down the suspect’s vehicle and detained the driver
Published: 15:02 EDT, 9 August 2022 | Updated: 08:17 EDT, 10 August 2022
A man arrested as the prime suspect in the serial killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque is believed to be a Sunni Muslim himself, it has been reported.
Police named the man as 51-year-old Muhammad Syed, who lived in southeast Albuquerque.
He emigrated from Afghanistan ‘in the last few years’, police said on Tuesday, and was twice charged with domestic violence – but charges were dropped.
Court records obtained by DailyMail.com show Syed was arrested in May 2018 and charged with ‘battery (household member)’. He pleaded not guilty, and prosecutors dropped the charges in August of that year.
Four months later, on December 23, 2018, Syed was charged with aggravated battery. The case was dismissed in April 2019.
It is believed that the suspected killer himself was a Sunni Muslim – and may have targeted his victims because he was angry over his daughter marrying a Shiite Muslim, according to the New York Times.
But the brother of one of the victims told DailyMail.com their family was Sunni, not Shiite, and he did not believe the hypothesis.