Imam, associate fatally shot after leaving NYC mosque

NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of a New York City mosque and an associate have been fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack.

Police say 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and his 64-year-old associate were shot in the back of the head as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Queens shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday.

Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner says Akonjee was killed. The other man was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Sautner says no motive has been determined.

But a man who worships at the mosque is blaming the shooting on anti-Muslim rhetoric from some political figures. Millat Uddin says the shooting “could be a net result of the politics that is going on.”The mosque serves a community of Bangladeshi immigrants. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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