President Joe Biden said Sunday that his administration “stands firmly with the Muslim community” following the killing of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the past nine months in suspected targeted attacks.
Biden, in a statement Posted on Twitter On Sunday, he said he was “outraged and saddened by the horrific killings”. “These hateful attacks have no place in America,” he added.
“While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the families of the victims, and my administration stands firmly with the Muslim community,” he said.
The president’s comment comes two days after a fourth Muslim man was found dead. Both federal and local authorities said they were still investigating whether this latest death was linked to the other three, while the state’s governor Describe all four men as “targeted”.
The authorities said the first three killings, which occurred respectively on August 1, 26 and November 7, included the deaths of victims in an ambush-style attack.
Details of the fourth man’s death were not released until Sunday afternoon. He was described as being only in his mid-twenties, a Muslim and a native of South Asia.
A reward of A$20,000 was offered for information about the shooting by Albuquerque metro crime stoppers.