Imam, associate fatally shot after leaving NYC mosque

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New York City police secure the scene where two men were shot as they left prayers at a mosque in the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. Police identified the victims as Imam Maulama Akonjee, the 55-year-old leader of the mosque, who died at the hospital, and a 64-year-old man. (AP Photo/Jennifer […]

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WPRI) — 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.

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