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Biden expresses solidarity with Muslim community after Albuquerque killings

President Joe Biden said Sunday that his administration “stands strongly with the Muslim community” in the wake of the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, over the past nine months in suspected targeted attacks.

Biden, in a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday, he said he was “outraged and saddened by the horrific killings.” He added that “these hateful attacks have no place in America.”

“While we await a full investigation, my prayers are with the families of the victims and my government strongly supports the Muslim community,” he said.

The president’s comment comes two days after a fourth Muslim was found dead. Both federal and local authorities said they are still investigating whether this latest death is connected to the other three, while the state’s governor has described all four men as “targeted”.

The first three killings, which occurred on August 1, July 26 and November 7 respectively, involved the victims being fatally shot in an ambush-style attack, authorities said.

People pour dirt over the grave of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, in Albuquerque during a funeral Friday for him and Aftab Hussein, 41. Both Muslims were shot and killed near their homes just six days apart.

Details of the fourth man’s death were not released as of Sunday afternoon. He has only been described as being in his 20s, Muslim and of South Asian descent.

A $20,000 reward has been offered for information about the shootings by Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers.

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