U.S.: Imam and his assistant shot dead in New York
Aug.14, NY: An imam and his assistant were shot dead as they walked along a street in the New York borough of Queens, reports said.
According to a police spokesman, the men were approached from behind by a man who shot them both in the head.
Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, moved to the city from Bangladesh two years ago, reports in New York said.
Police said there were as yet "no indications" the men were targeted because of their faith. A man holding a gun was seen leaving the scene of the shooting in the Ozone Park area, but no-one has been arrested, BBC news reports said.
Imam Akonjee and his assistant Thara Uddin, 64, were shot a short walk from the al-Furqan Jame mosque at about 13:50 local time (17:50 GMT) on Saturday.
The Oslo Times International News Network