• Suspected New York imam killer charged with murder: police

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    NEW YORK CITY: New York police charged a suspect on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) with the double murder of a New York imam and his friend, in a brutal slaying that sent shock waves through US Muslim communities. Oscar Morel, a 35-year-old Brooklyn man, was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD detective Hubert Reyes told Agence France-Presse. Fearful Muslim New Yorkers have demanded stepped-up security and justice as hundreds of mourners attended the two men’s funeral service in the borough of Queens. Maulama Akonjee, 55, who migrated to the United States from Bangladesh, and his friend, 64-year-old Thara Uddin, were shot dead in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon (Sunday in Manila) in the Ozone Park neighborhood. Morel was taken into custody on Sunday, the NYPD told Agence France-Presse. Following his detention, he was charged with a hit-and-run that took place three miles (about five kilometers) away from the double murder and the assault of a police officer, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told a news conference.

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