FBI Investigating Possible Intent of Beheading Both Victims
by, Patrick Poole | Pj Media | WDBJ 7 | h/t Linda Hall II @ Uniting the West
The random stabbing of a couple in Roanoke County, Virginia, on Saturday is now being investigated as a possible ISIS-inspired terror attack, according to reports.
Witnesses to the incident say that the suspect under arrest, Wasil Farooqui, was shouting “Allah Akbar” while attacking a man and woman at their apartment building Saturday evening.
Several media outlets are reporting the FBI’s involvement in the case.
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The FBI is now involved in a stabbing investigation in Roanoke County.
Wasil Farooqui is charged in the incident that seriously hurt a man and woman at the The Pines Apartments on Saturday.
Witnesses told police that during the attack Farooqui was yelling “Allah Akbar.”
He remains in jail tonight without bond.
A man stabbed two people Saturday in what Roanoke County Police say is a random attack.
A man and woman told police they were attacked at The Pines Apartments just before 8 p.m. as they entered the apartment building. Both were seriously hurt and taken to the hospital.
Police have charged Wasil Farooqui, 20, of Roanoke County in connection to the stabbing. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
Investigators believe that this was a random attack, and Farooqui had no connection to the two victims.
The Roanoke Times reports:
Roanoke County Police arrested a man in connection with a Saturday night stabbing that injured a man and a woman at The Pines Apartments, off Virginia 419.
Wasil Farooqui, 20, went to a hospital to seek medical care for his own injuries. He matched the description of the suspect and, following further investigation, was arrested, according to a news release.
Farooqui is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and is being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond, according to the release.
Officers went to the 4300 block of Banbury Lane after receiving a call around 8 p.m. on Saturday indicating that a man and woman had been attacked with a knife while entering the apartment building. The man fought off the attacker, who then fled, according to the release.
Police believe the attack was random, and that Farooqui has no connection to the victims, according to the release.
by, Abel Daniel | Vanguard | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
NASARAWA, Nigeria: Nasarawa State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has paraded a 45-year-old Islamic cleric (Mallam) for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10- year-old boy in Lafia.
Lawan Bashir-Kano, the Commandant of NSCDC in the state, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Lafia.
“On Tuesday, August 16, the Command, through intelligence reports, arrested one Shahidu Suleh, a mallam, for sexually assaulting his supposed student (Almajiri), Okasha Ishaka,” he said. “We were able to trace and pick him with the boy who he claimed he was teaching the Quran.
“The boy narrated that the man had been having sex with him and threatened to kill him if he exposed him.” The Commandant said the result of the test carried out showed that the boy was sexually assaulted.
Courtesy of: Blazing CatFur | Tyler Durden @ Zero Hedge | Face of a dying Nation
German Vice Chancellor and Leader of the Social Democratic Party Sigmar Gabriel lost his temper on Friday when a group of young Nationalists approached him during a presentation in Salzgitter, calling him and his party members “Communists”, “Cultural Marxists” and “Traitors of the People”. He made a rude finger gesture, presumably because the protesters alluded to his father’s past. Gabriel’s Father, Walter Gabriel, remained a staunch Nationalist up until his death in 2012, criticizing his own son for being hopelessly indoctrinated and his socialist party as harmful to Germany.
The party has dropped sharply in polls across the country ever since Gabriel called to hunt down and lock up anybody protesting uncontrolled mass immigration. He refers to nationalists as “lowlife scum, unworthy of being called German” and implied that any refugee is more German than a nationalist could ever be.
He frequently refers to Europe as the “United States of Europe”, supports TTIP and CETA, wants a EU-Army, considers Germany a country of immigration, openly called for abolishing national borders, advertised for giving anybody dual citizenship and wastes no opportunity to express his contempt for his home country.
Gabriel is known for his anti-German sentiment. Pictures emerged of him participating in protests where banners like “Dear Foreigners: Please don’t leave us alone with the GermanS” with the S in the shape of to the SS logo, equating Germans with Nazis.
In this video below, first you will see German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel “Give the Middle Finger” (F- you) to the German Citizens, when Confronted With the Truth…
Then, in the second part of the video…
German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel Calls for the ‘..Round-up and Imprisonment of German Citizens who Object to Muslim Immigration..’
Victim remains in stable condition in hospital after police arrest attacker at the scene
by, Lizzie Dearden | The Independent – UK
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A Jewish man has been stabbed in France by an attacker heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the latest attack to shake the country.
The victim, Chalom Levy, was taken to hospital after the assault in Strasbourg on Friday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police arrested the attacker at the scene and were holding him in custody while investigating his motives.
Mendel Samama, a local rabbi and good friend of Mr Levy, toldThe Independent the 62-year-old victim was wearing a Jewish kippa when he was targeted.
“He had been shopping for Shabbat [the Jewish day of rest on Saturday] and he was walking back home when it happened, on the corner right by his house,” Mr Samama said.
“He was stabbed once and the guy shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, and when he took the knife out to stab him again he ran away.
“I don’t know how he had the power but he managed to run to a bar. I think it saved his life.”
The bar staff barricaded the doors and called the emergency services while helping Mr Levy.
He has been taken to hospital to be treated for a stab wound to his abdomen, which missed any vital organs.
After visiting his friend, Mr Samama said: “He’s in shock, when I spoke to him he was crying. He told me he thinks it’s a miracle, he told me ‘I think God saved me today’.”
The suspect, said to be mentally ill, is believed to be known to police in relation to another attack on a Jewish victim in 2010.
Mr Samama said the man had recently been held in a psychiatric hospital and that Mr Levy’s family were demanding to know why he had been freed.
He described Mr Levy as a gentle man who “loves taking care of people”.
The grandfather lives with his wife in Strasbourg and is retired, having formerly worked at a local factory.
“He is a very quiet man, a gentle man – he is the type of person you would love to have in your family or in your community,” Mr Samama said.
Judicial police are investigating the suspected anti-Semitic attack, which came in Strasbourg’s Jewish quarter at around 11.45am local time (10.45am BST).
Officers have not confirmed any motive or possible link with foreign terrorist groups.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which raised tensions after a series of stabbings and attempted killings by Isis supporters elsewhere in France and Europe.
The Devil in a Blue Suit…
by, Aaron Klein | Breitbart News Jerusalem | h/t Blazing CatFur
TEL AVIV – Hacked documents from George Soros’s Open Society Institute state that the billionaire and his foundation helped to successfully press the Obama administration into increasing to 100,000 the total number of refugees taken in by the U.S. annually, Breitbart Jerusalem has found.
The documents reveal that the billionaire personally sent President Obama a letter on the issue of accepting refugees.
The hacked memo also shows that the billionaire’s foundation pressed the U.S. government to enact two other major policy objectives regarding the intake of Syrian refugees. A timeline demonstrates that at last one of those policies – providing more financing to overseas refugee efforts – was indeed implemented by the Obama administration, while it isn’t clear whether the administration was reacting directly to the Soros group’s campaign in that case.
The information was contained in a detailed 69-page Open Society report on the agenda of an Open Society U.S. Programs board meeting held in New York from October 1 to October 2, 2015.
Regarding the increase in the total number of refugees accepted annually by the U.S., the board meeting memo states that, before the meeting, Soros himself, as well as the Open Society Foundation and a coalition of groups supported by Soros, had already helped to successfully lobby the Obama administration to take in 100,000 refugees starting in 2017 as opposed to the earlier quota of 70,000.
“In the face of this pressure, the Obama administration announced Sept. 20 that by 2017, it would raise to 100,000 the total number of refugees the U.S. takes worldwide each year,” the document states.
The memo describes the successful lobbying efforts:
Over the course of several weeks, we, along with our colleagues in the Washington office led by Stephen Rickard, combined to undertake very active efforts to support a request to the Administration to provide a special allocation of an additional 100,000 refugee slots for Syrians and significantly expanded resources for international aid efforts. George Soros made such a request to President Obama in a recent letter, and 18 mayors across America are committed to welcoming refugees to their cities in numbers surpassing the administration’s proposal.
We used the extensive networks we have developed to help engage an array of actors, most of whom were sympathetic to the cause but had not focused on the issue. In part, our active role reflects our observation that the refugee advocacy community, while long-standing and sophisticated in the inner workings of refugee policy, does not have a strong advocacy capacity or deep grassroots ties. In the course of our work, we were able to generate engagement by a group of mayors through Emma Lazarus II Fund grantee Cities United for Immigration Action; the civil rights and immigrant rights community, through long-time grantee the Leadership Council for Civil and Human Rights; liberal and conservative former national security and state department officials with the help of grantee Human Rights First; and some conservative voices, such as evangelical Christians and Southern Baptists through grantee National Immigration Forum. In the face of this pressure, the Obama administration announced Sept. 20 that by 2017, it would raise to 100,000 the total number of refugees the U.S. takes worldwide each year. While we applaud this development, it falls short of the proposed special allocation. We and allied advocates believe the U.S. can and should do more.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced last September that the U.S. would increase from 70,000 to 100,000 the number of worldwide refugees that it accepts.
A section of the Open Society document relates that Soros and the foundation “pushed for three specific policy objectives” from the Obama administration:
As George Soros and the parts of the foundation that focus on the Middle East, Africa, and Europe direct major resources and attention to that crisis, we have moved to press the United States government to respond at a level consistent with the global crisis.
Working in close coordination with our colleagues in the DC Advocacy office, we (in support of George Soros) have pushed for three specific policy objectives: (1) an increase in the worldwide refugee authorization from the pre-existing 70,000 to one commensurate with the need, (2) an increase in resources to the relevant government agencies to expand their ability to process individuals under the existing numbers (noting that the United States has only processed 1,500 Syrians since 2011 even though existing authority allows 10,000 as of now), and (3) an increase in the financing for efforts overseas, recognizing that the United States is and remains the largest funder of support for these efforts. George Soros’ letter to President Obama is included here.
In the document itself, the text that states “George Soros’ letter to President Obama is included here” is hyperlinked and brings readers to an internal Open Society Foundation’s box.com account that requires users to first log in.
Regarding the third policy objective of an increase in financing to overseas refugee efforts, the Obama administration announced in September 2015, one month before the Open Society’s board meeting of that year, that it would inject $419 million more in humanitarian aid to, as the Washington Post reported, “assist Syrian refugees and the countries that are hosting them.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that she sees no connection between the unregulated flow of refugees into Germany and a rise in Islamist terrorism in her country.
by, Allan Hall | The Express – UK | h/t Blazing CatFur
Despite warnings from intelligence chiefs about terrorists smuggling themselves into Germany disguised as migrants – and two terror attacks last month including an Isis suicide bomber – Mrs. Merkel seems determined to ignore public opinion about her “open door” policy towards asylum seekers.
At a political meeting yesterday in her home state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ahead of a regional poll next month, she was asked if “terrorism had come to Germany with the refugees.”
The chancellor, whose approval ratings are dwindling on the back of public fears about increased terror risk, said: “The phenomenon of Islamic terrorism of IS is not a phenomenon that has come to us through the refugees but one we already had.”
This goes against the grain of what the country’s own domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, states.
Only days ago, as well as fears over the number of potential terrorists who have come to Germany amidst the wave of 1.2 million refugees, it was revealed that Jihadist recruiters are hard at work trying to radicalise young men among them.
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution says that it has concrete knowledge of over 340 cases of attempted Jihadist recruitment among migrants.
“There are more than 340 cases which have become known to us,” said Hans-Georg Maassen, the president of the agency.
But he warned: “These are only the ones we know about. There are probably more cases.”
Germany is in the midst of trying to toughen up its anti-terror laws in the wake of recent events which included a refugee attacking people on a train with an axe and another Isis-controlled migrant blowing himself up with a DIY bomb in the town of Ansbach.
Mr Maassen said that refugee homes were being given information about how to spot radical Islamists at their recruitment work and to report them to authorities.
He added: “It gives us concern if the Salafists and other Islamists are allowed to recruit in this way.”
German politicians are under increasing pressure to speed up the deportation process for tens of thousands of migrants who have been denied asylum but who have managed to work the system to stay in the country.
Ansbach bomber Mohammed Daleel was one such person; he was declared unfit to be deported because of two suicide attempts.
As tensions about refugee numbers continue to rise the leader of the hard right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) came up with a new plan for refugees at the weekend.
Frauke Petry wants to deport rejected and illegal asylum seekers to islands outside of Europe.
Miss Petry demands the setting up of a “return migration authority” which will “bring illegal migrants and rejected asylum seekers on to two islands protected by the United Nations outside Europe.
“Unaccompanied men should be separated from women or families. This is more secure than the current practice, less expensive and above all safer for women”, so Miss Petry who did not specify which islands she had in mind.
Chancellor Merkel, at the political rally in the town of Neustrelitz, tried to allay fears among the public by saying that she wants more security personnel “with more powers to intervene.
Mrs Merkel added: “Through digitialisation, through social media, through the so-called Darknet that played a role in the gun rampage in Munich, we must adapt constantly and permanently adapt our strategies.
The Chancellor said. “What used to be just video surveillance will soon be including face detection technology.”
Mrs Merkel’s reference to the Dark Net alluded to the unregulated, secret side of cyberspace where disturbed Ali Sonboly, 18, bought a weapon for less than £100 to murder nine people in July before killing himself.
by, Arianna Pickard | Tulsa World | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Less than three months before a 37-year-old man was shot on his front porch Friday evening, Tulsa County prosecutors deemed the man suspected of killing him “a substantial risk to the public.”
Prosecutors had attempted to keep 61-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors in jail while he awaited trial on an assault charge alleging that he drove his vehicle into Haifa Jabara in September, but he was granted bond and released in May.
Court records show a history of conflict between Majors and the family of his next-door neighbor, Jabara, who was granted a protective order against him in November 2013 after telling a Tulsa County judge that he had harassed her and “is very racist towards foreigners and blacks.”
Majors was prohibited from going near Jabara or her home or possessing firearms for the next five years. But now, within three years, he is accused of fatally shooting her son, Khalid Jabara, at the family’s south Tulsa home.
Majors, who also uses his middle name, Vernon, as a first name, had been ordered to remain 300 yards away from Haifa Jabara and her home. He was prohibited from having any contact with her and from possessing firearms until November 2018.
Majors was charged with violating Haifa Jabara’s protective order in March 2015 after she told police he had yelled racial slurs at her in her driveway and threatened to kill her.
While arresting Majors, officers asked him multiple times to put down his beer, and he “chugged his beer before he put it down,” according to an arrest report.
Majors was charged with misdemeanor counts of violating the protective order and obstructing an officer, and he posted bond and was released from jail. His trial in that case is set for Oct. 3.
Last Sept. 12, prosecutors say Majors hit Haifa Jabara with a car in the 8700 block of East 95th Street and then left even though she had a broken shoulder and other injuries.
He was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of a collision involving injury, violating a protective order and public intoxication.
In March, a civil lawsuit stemming from the collision was filed against Majors in Tulsa County District Court. The suit, filed by plaintiffs Haifa Jabara and Mounah Jabara, is still pending and seeks actual and punitive damages totaling $600,000.
In the civil case, Majors is also listed by the last name Schmauss. Court records show that he was married to Stephen Anthony Schmauss in December 2014.
Majors initially had been denied bail on the assault charge, but after he had spent eight months in jail, his bail was set by District Judge William LaFortune.
Majors was released from custody on bond, and Assistant District Attorney Brett Mize responded with a motion asking LaFortune to reconsider bond or increase it on the assault count, which was set at $30,000, on top of the $10,600 bond on the other counts.
In addition to describing the violent allegations against Majors, the motion says he has “demonstrated a wanton disregard for the life of the victim and the safety of the public.”
At a hearing two days after Majors posted bond, LaFortune increased the bail on the assault count to $60,000, and Majors posted the difference.
On Friday, Khalid Jabara was shot in the 9300 block of South 85th East Avenue and died shortly after he was taken to Saint Francis Hospital.
Police found Majors hiding behind a tree at the nearby Hardesty Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., and he is now held without bail at the Tulsa Jail on complaints of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.
Majors was convicted in 2009 of threatening a crime with intent to terrorize in Los Angeles and was sentenced to 16 months in prison, records show.
Tulsa Police Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker and Assistant District Attorney John David Luton said Monday that it’s too early in the investigation to say whether Majors will be charged with a hate crime.
Veronica Laizure, Oklahoma Civil Rights director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says there were some indications that the homicide was possibly motivated by anti-Arab or anti-Muslim bias.
“There were some concerns arising from the perpetrator’s past actions, and there are some questions about how he was able to continue to harass and threaten and intimidate this family, as well as others in the neighborhood,” Laizure told the Tulsa World on Monday afternoon.
Laizure said CAIR has also heard reports that Majors had used racial slurs against other members of the community.
For now, however, CAIR is respecting the Jabara family’s wishes for privacy, Laizure said, and is “working on ways that we can mobilize community support and figure out where our best actions are going forward.”
On Monday, Khalid Jabara’s sister, Victoria Jabara Williams, posted on Facebook a statement from her family, saying their “world was shattered” when her brother was killed.
“The perpetrator was not unknown to us — he is our neighbor — someone whom we continuously brought to law enforcement’s attention,” the statement says.
The statement goes on to describe the alleged protective order violations and assault on Haifa Jabara and accuses Majors of using racial slurs against the family.
Video courtesy of: ABC News
“This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family,” the statement says. “He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments. He often called us ‘dirty Arabs,’ ‘filthy Lebanese,’ ‘Aye-rabs,’ and ‘Mooslems’ — a fact highlighted by the Tulsa Police Department who also heard these comments from the suspect.”
The family says Majors should have been charged with a hate crime and should not have been granted bail on the assault charge.
“Yet he was released and put back next door to us, the family he assaulted just months before,” the statement says. “This is troubling at any time, but profoundly disturbing given the current climate of our country and the increase nationally in cases of hate crimes.”
The statement also says that shortly before the shooting, Khalid Jabara had called the police, “stating this man had a gun and that he was scared for what might happen.”
Walker confirmed on Monday that dispatch had received a call from Khalid Jabara regarding “suspicious activity” on the evening he was shot.
Police arrived to investigate but cleared the call shortly before the shooting occurred, Walker said.
The Tulsa World was unable to reach the Jabara family for an interview by press time on Monday.
“Our brother Khalid was just 37 years old and had his whole life ahead of him,” the family’s statement says. “He was a kind spirit, loving brother, uncle and son. Khalid’s heart was big. He cared for our entire family, our friends and people he didn’t even know. He created every Jabara family joke and filled our lives with love and laughter.
“All of that has been taken away from us by this hateful man and a system that failed to protect our community.”
Police have arrested nine Iraqi migrants on suspicion of gang raping a 28-year-old German woman, who was subjected to a horrifying four hour assault.
by, Patrick Christys | The Daily Express | h/t Natalie Freeman
The nine men, who are all seeking asylum in Austria, had travelled to Vienna for New Year’s Eve celebrations where the assault took place.
There they allegedly drugged the woman and dragged her to nearby apartment block before carrying out the brutal attack.
The arrests were made in Austria after DNA evidence and CCTV footage was used to successfully build a case against the alleged rapists.
It comes as Austria’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party desperately attempts to overturn the result of June’s presidential election after a re-run was ordered by a judge when evidence showed “irregularities” in the count.
Police were called on January 1 when the woman awoke to discover she had been the victim of a vile sex attack.
But the arrests were made eight months later following a “protracted and difficult” investigation.
The victim had traveled to Vienna from Lower Saxony to see a friend for New Year’s celebrations.
A police spokesperson said: “There is no doubt about the gang rape according to the biological traces.
“The investigations were difficult and protracted. On the trail of the suspects, investigators came by DNA material, interviews with witnesses and images from surveillance cameras.”
The attackers – aged between 21 and 47 – are alleged to have snatched the woman from Vienna’s central Schwedenplatz and assaulted her in an apartment where two of the suspects lived, between 2am and 6am.
Police say the woman had been drinking but believes she may have been drugged as she does not remember getting to the apartment.
The men have all denied the accusations.
On news websites in Austria some readers demanded the men be “immediately deported” if they are convicted of the rape.
Pictured above: Suspect composite sketch.
Suspect in shooting taken into custody
by, Thomas Tracy | The NY Daily News | h/t Blazing CatFur
The killer who crept up behind an imam and his friend near a Queens mosque and shot both men in the head may have been settling a score in a feud between Muslims and Hispanics, police sources said early Monday.
And he may have left behind another victim who unwittingly held the clue that solved the crime, the sources said.
The suspected killer was taken into custody Sunday night but had not been charged or identified, according to the sources. Police officials would not confirm whether a suspect was nabbed.
Video of the horrific Saturday afternoon murders of mosque leader Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 65, at Liberty Ave. and 79th St. in Ozone Park showed the brazen crime to be a planned execution.
But the killer may have gotten sloppy in his haste after pulling the trigger and hit a bicyclist with his car, sources said.
The cyclist took down the car’s license plate number and gave it to police, who began tracking down their man.
Members of an NYPD Regional Fugitive Task Force were conducting what turned out to be a “brief surveillance” of the suspect in Queens when he rammed an unmarked cop car, sources said. That’s when officers nabbed him.
Investigators were questioning him early Monday and were waiting for a warrant to check his home.
Sources pointed to an ongoing feud between Muslims and Hispanics in the neighborhood, saying the shooting may have been payback after a group of Muslims allegedly attacked some Hispanics a few weeks earlier.
CCTV Footage of Queens, NY Shooting of Imam:
Cops have established, that at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, the assassin quickly approached Akonjee and Uddin and shot them both in the head at close range. The double killing came just moments after prayers concluded at the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque.
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 and they hit the guy only twice?” a police source said.
One of the victims was carrying several hundred dollars, police sources said, but the gunman showed no interest in the cash.
“It doesn’t look like a robbery because it doesn’t look like he said anything before he shot the guys. The guy just comes up behind and shoots,” the source said.
Cops released a sketch of the suspect and described him as tall and Hispanic with a thin beard, dark hair and glasses. It was unclear whether the person sources said was in custody matches that description. It was also unknown if both men were intended targets.
“Is this just about one of the victims and he decided to shoot both?” the source asked.
As cops pursued both angles, Mayor de Blasio vowed the NYPD would bring the killer of the two Bangladeshi men to justice.
“This weekend our city was stung by violence that devastated a congregation and unsettled a community. When religious leaders are targeted, we all bear the pain those in Ozone Park feel most personally today,” de Blasio said. “While we do not yet know the motivation for the murders of Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin, we do know that our Muslim communities are in the perpetual cross hairs of bigotry.”
But Khairul Islam Kukon, a community activist and a member of the mosque called out 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.”
De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said, “The mayor and our senior staff have been in constant contact with community leaders since the tragedy.”
Jewish activists visited the mosque Sunday night in a show of solidarity. Robert Silverman, 57, director of Muslim/Jewish relations for the America Jewish Congress, went straight to the mosque after getting off a flight from Indonesia.
“We’re here to show support to the Muslim community,” he said. “It was a heinous crime. We have to rely on the police to decide if this was a hate crime. We really don’t know what this was motivated by.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it will announce a $10,000 reward at a news Monday conference in Washington. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo expressed his concern for the victims’ families.
“While we don’t yet know the motivation behind these senseless murders, we stand in solidarity with the Muslim community as they grieve this loss,” Cuomo tweeted. “The perpetrators of this heinous crime will be found, and justice will be served.”
Scared Muslims who pleaded for more police protection in the neighborhood immediately suspected the murders were a hate crime. Many said GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric had set the stage for the killings.
“We think it’s a hate crime. All this Donald Trump … we have been dealing with a lot of hatred lately,” said Arief Hussain, 23.
But mosque member Johnny Patwary said politics should not be part of the discussion.
“I don’t believe it’s to do with Trump. We’re all human beings at the end of the day,” said Patwary, 28.
Akonjee and Uddin were described as devout family men.
“We want justice. Why did they kill my father?” Akonjee’s third-oldest son, Naim, 21, said, tearing up.
“Our worship houses never get protected. We need more police officers here,” Mohamed Hassan, 31, said. “This guy followed them and shot them point-blank!”