“We mourn the deaths of Imam Akonjee and Thara Uddin. Violence can never be the solution,” Marcia Bernicat tweeted on Sunday, a day after the fatal shooting.
Marcia Stephans Bloom Bernicat, US ambassador in Dhaka, strongly condemned the murder of Bangladeshi imam and his assistant in New York during a brazen attack carried out in broad daylight on Saturday.
Bernicat in a second tweet said: “Imam Maulana Akonjee stood for peace. We join Bangladeshis to condemn his killing and honor what he stood for.”
Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee, 55, and his associate Thara Uddin, 64, — both Bangladeshi— were fatally shot by a lone gunman while walking together following afternoon prayers at a mosque in the New York city.
The motive for the shooting was not immediately known and no evidence has been uncovered that the two men were targeted because of their faith, Reuters reported quoting Tiffany Phillips, a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department.
Even so, police were not ruling out any possibility, a spokesperson for the New York City Police Department, Reuters reports.