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'Prime Suspect' arrested in murder of four Muslim men in New Mexico

Raul Bujanda, FBI special agent, speaks during a news conference to address the killing of a fourth Muslim man that happened early Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022.
Albuquerque police said they were "main suspects" in the murder of four Muslim men in New Mexico. He said he was detained. Albuquerque Journal via Chancey Bush / AP

"16} in the killing of four Muslim men "The main suspect"in New Mexico was detained on Tuesday, Albuquerque police said.

The announcement came after New Mexico officials revealed that serial killers were investigating the possibility of hunting Muslims in the state's largest city. ..

"We tracked a vehicle believed to be involved in the recent killing of a Muslim man in Albuquerque. The driver was detained and he is the main suspect in the murder." City Police ChiefHarold Medina tweetedon Tuesday.

Medina did not identify the suspect and said his department would provide further updates later this afternoon.

On Sunday, Albuquerque police released an image of a dark gray or silver Volkswagen sedan believed to be associated with the murderer.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said Saturday that he had deployed additional state police to help find the murderer.

"Targeted killings of Albuquerque Muslim residents are very angry and completely intolerable," she wrote on Twitter.

People spread dirt over Aftab Hussein's grave at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Cecily Barker holds a flyer with photos of a car wanted in connection with Muslim men murdered as Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham looks on in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sunday, Aug. 7,.
Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albaquerque Journal via AP

"We are not just pursuing justice for victims and their families, we are using all our resources. To catch the murderers — and we will find them, "the Democratic Party said in a statement.

Victims include Pakistani Naeem Hussain, who was killed on Friday. His death followed the killings of Muhammad Hussein on Monday, Ahutab Hussein on July 26, and Mohammad Hussein in November 2021. All four were shot dead and all were practicing Muslims, officials said.

The shootings rattled a small Muslim community in New Mexico. This community is made up of less than 1 percent of the 2 million states.