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Suspect Arrested in New Mexico in Killings of Muslims

Police in Albuquerque arrested the "primary suspect" in the killings of four Muslim men in New Mexico's largest city – deaths that raised fears in the community and led to increased security at mosques and schools, USA Today reports. Muhammad Syed, 51, of Albuquerque, was charged in two of the killings and was called a suspect by police in the two other slayings. Police Chief Harold Medina said the arrest happened after authorities tracked down a vehicle linked to one of the killings. Authorities sought help searching for a vehicle that appeared to be the one discovered Tuesday. Police suspected the vehicle was used in the homicides.

The common elements in the deaths were the victims’ race and religion, and authorities discovered a possible link between the killings. Authorities released photos, hoping people could help identify the car, and offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, from Afghanistan, was the first victim, killed Nov. 7. Aftab Hussein, 41, and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, were killed July 26 and Aug. 1, and Naeem Hussain, 25, was shot to death Friday. The last three victims were from Pakistan. Syed faces murder charges in the deaths of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain and Aftab Hussein.

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