APD, FBI, DA investigating potential links in murders of ABQ Muslim men

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — APD homicide detectives, with assistance from FBI and the District Attorney, are investigating three recent murders of Muslim men for possible ties to the same offender.

In the past week, Muhammed Afzaal Hussain, 27, and Aftab Hussein, 41, both from Pakistan and members of the same Mosque, were murdered in Southeast Albuquerque, near Central Ave.

In light of these murders, detectives are now trying to determine whether any linkages exist between the Nov. 7, 2021 murder of Mohammad Ahmadi. Also Muslim, and of South Asian descent.

Anyone with tips about these murders is asked to call Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP (7867)

“Our homicide detectives and our investigators currently believe there is a strong possibility that the same individual committed all three of these crimes,” said Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of APD’s Criminal Investigations Division. “While we are still sifting through all the evidence to look for more connections, it is deeply troubling that these three men were Muslim and of similar descent.”

“We are taking this very seriously and we want the public’s help in identifying the shooter or shooters who committed these cowardly crimes. In all three cases the victims were ambushed with no warning, fired on and killed,” Hartsock said.

APD Chief Harold Medina has been in touch with Albuquerque’s Muslim community, and investigators met this morning with the leaders of the Islamic Center of New Mexico.

“I want to reassure our friends in the Muslim community that we are making these crimes a top priority for the department,” Chief Medina said. “I appreciate the assistance of the FBI and the District Attorney as we partner to solve these crimes.”

“To the members of the Islamic Center of New Mexico and all the concerned residents of Albuquerque, you have the FBI’s pledge that we are actively involved in helping our partners find the person or persons who committed these crimes,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda. “We offer our condolences to the relatives of the victims and we will not rest until justice is done.”