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My administration is firmly on the side of Muslims: Joe Biden

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  • 08 August, 2022 16:10:07

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International Desk: US President Joe Biden strongly condemned the selective killing of Muslims in the state of New Mexico. He said his administration is firmly on the side of Muslims and that such attacks and crimes have no place in the United States.

Meanwhile, in the murder of four Muslim men in New Mexico state, police say the murders may be separate but may be connected to each other and may be a hate crime. In a report on Monday (August 8), Qatar-based media Al Jazeera reported this information.

According to the media, four Muslims have been killed in a row in the last 9 months in the city of New Mexico, USA. Last Friday evening also a Muslim was killed. The state's governor described the killings as 'target killings'. In this regard, the city police and several central investigation agencies of the country have started an investigation.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Chief Harold Medina told reporters last Saturday that a young man from the Muslim community was killed on Friday. The name of the victim and the circumstances under which he was killed have not been released.

However, the three Muslims who were killed earlier were ambushed and shot at. And then this matter of 'target killing' against Muslims came up in the media and there was a strong reaction.

Later on Sunday, in a message given on the social media platform Twitter, US President Joe Biden said, "I am angry and saddened by the horrific killing of four Muslims in Albuquerque."

"However, we await the full investigation and my prayers are with the families of the victims," ​​he added. My administration stands firmly with the Muslim community. This despicable attack has no place in America.

Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said Saturday that the latest murder is likely connected to three previous incidents. Earlier, police in New Mexico said three other Muslim men killed in the state's largest city in the past nine months appear to have been targeted for their religion or race.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a tweet late Saturday night that the targeted killing of Albuquerque's Muslim residents is deeply depressing and absolutely intolerable. He said he has deployed additional police officers to Albuquerque to investigate these incidents.

Media reports say two of the dead are members of the same mosque that was shot dead in Albuquerque in late July and early August. Police said there was a "strong possibility" that the murder of an Afghan migrant in November last year was linked to other murders.

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