Police detain man in slaying of Bangladeshi Imam, his associate

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NEW YORK, Aug 15 (APP): A man is now being questioned in the shooting of a Bangladeshi imam and his associate in broad daylight, according to US media reports.

Police took the man into custody Sunday as he approached a vehicle that police had been watching. He appears to match the description of the suspected shooter, the reports citing a senior police official said.

The man has not been arrested or charged. The police official described the investigation as ongoing.

Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and his assistant imam, 64 year old Thara Uddin, were walking home from the Al Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Ozone Park in Queens, a borough of New York City, on Saturday afternoon when they were shot and killed, a crime that shocked the Muslim community.

Surveillance video shows the moment the two men were gunned down on an Ozone Park street.

The video shows a lone gunman approach both men from behind and fire shots from a handgun. The suspect then sprints away from the scene as both victims fall to the ground.

A sketch of the shooter released by police early Sunday shows a dark haired, bearded man wearing glasses.

Both victims were shot in the head at point blank range, police said. The suspect was seen fleeing the scene with the gun still in his hand.

Investigators hadn’t established a motive for the shootings, New York Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner told a news conference.

The shooting has struck fear in an Ozone Park Muslim community.