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Reward offered in NYC imam slaying as families seek answers

As the families of a slain New York City mosque leader and his associate make funeral arrangements and continue their quest for answers in the shooting, a Muslim advocacy group plans to announce a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 64, were both shot in the head near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens as they left afternoon prayers on Saturday in their traditional religious attire, according to police.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, plans to announce on Monday a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 photo, people gather near a crime scene for a demonstration after the leader of a New York City mosque and an associate were fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack as they left afternoon prayers Saturday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 photo, people gather near a crime scene for a demonstration after the leader of a New York City mosque and an associate were fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack as they left afternoon prayers Saturday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Police say they have not yet determined a motive for the killings, but some in the Bangladeshi Muslim community served by the mosque worry it could be a hate crime.

On Monday, Muslim community members will gather in Brooklyn to hold Islamic funeral prayers for the two men.

— AP

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