Islamophobia leads to the deaths of imam and assistant in Queens, NY

 Mosque leader Maulama Akonjee, a respected Queens imam,died after being shot from behind. (Obtained by New York Daily News)

Mosque leader Maulama Akonjee, a respected Queens imam,died after being shot from behind. (Obtained by New York Daily News)

Islamophobia has risen in the US. Hate crime has risen leading to senseless deaths. Whose to blame? Many say the cause of this hate crime is Donald Trump, accusing him of stoking Islamophobia. During a time of crisis last December’s terrorist attack in San Bernardine, California, which left 14 people dead, Mr Trump pledged to ban Muslims from entering the United States. The slaughter  of 49 people at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, and the wave of terrorist attacks in Europe have also regularly been used by Mr Trump as evidence of a need for America to change its immigration policies. Mr Trump, who has been accused of exploiting fears of Islamist attacks for political ends, was rounded on by members of the Muslim community in Queens.

The Bangladeshi community is one of the fastest growing in America and, according to one estimate, there could be as many as 100,000 in New York City.“That’s not what America is about,” said local resident Khairul Islam, 33. “We blame Donald Trump for this. Trump and his drama has created Islamophobia. This hate left two innocent people dead. Two people loved by family, friends, and the community. The victims were named as Imam Alala Uddin Akongi, 55,  a father-of-three, who arrived in Queens less than two years ago from Bangladesh, and Thara Uddin, 65.

NYPD sketch of the suspect wanted in the killings of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin. He’s described as an adult male with a medium complexion

Mosque leader Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin (pictured) were dressed in Muslim garb when the shooter approached from behind and shot from point-blank range. (Obtained by New York Daily News )

Many of worshipers from the mosque gathered within hours at the murder scene to denounce the cold-blooded ambush as a hate crime.The shooter left his victims lying in their own blood just one block from the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque in Ozone Park, where the two victims prayed together only minutes earlier. Police sources said they have witnesses who saw the killer holding a gun, as well as security video of the shooter following the imam and his friend. The footage then captures the man sprinting back, this time with a gun in his hand.






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