‘Deeply disturbed’: US vice president Kamala Harris expresses anguish over killing of Muslim men in New Mexico

Vice president Kamala Harris

Vice president Kamala Harris

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Washington: US Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday expressed anguish over the killing of four Muslim men in New Mexico‘s Albuquerque and stressed that hate has no place in America.

Taking to her official Twitter handle, Harris said, “I am deeply disturbed by the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. As law enforcement continues to investigate these heinous attacks, we remain clear that we stand with the Muslim community in New Mexico and around our country. Hate has no place in America.”

Meanwhile, New Mexico Police said they are investigating the murders of three Muslim men that they suspect are related to a fourth homicide from last year.

The Albuquerque police department said in a statement they had found the latest victim overnight Friday. They did not identify him but said he was in his mid-20s, Muslim and “a native from South Asia.”

“Investigators believe Friday’s murder may be connected to three recent murders of Muslim men also from South Asia,” the statement said.

Two of the previous victims were Muslim Pakistani men, a 27-year-old whose body was found on August 1 and a 41-year-old who was found on July 26.

Detectives are now investigating whether these murders are connected to the death of a Muslim man from Afghanistan who was killed on November 7, 2021, outside of the business he ran with his brother in Albuquerque, the statement said.

The police urged anyone with information to call a tip line and said the FBI was assisting with the investigation.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest US Muslim civil rights group, said Saturday it would offer a $10,000 reward to whoever provides information leading to the killer’s arrest.