18-09-2021 10:02 PM Jerusalem Timing

US Muslims Blame Trump Rhetoric for Imam Killing

US Muslims Blame Trump Rhetoric for Imam Killing

US Muslims have held protests in New York to denounce the fatal shooting of a mosque imam and his associate on Saturday

US Muslims have held protests in New York to denounce the fatal shooting of a mosque imam and his associate on Saturday.

The two were walking home from afternoon prayers at a mosque in the New York City borough of Queens, when a gunman opened fire, shooting both in the head.

Imam Alala Uddin Akongi, a revered religious leader who came to the city from Bangladesh about two years ago, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His assistant, 64-year-old Thara Uddin, was critically injured and succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Muslim protesters gathered at the scene of the murder later in the day, calling the killings a hate crime, and demanding justice.

The protesters blamed the murder on the anti-Muslim rhetoric in the US perpetuated by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.