Slain imam's body arrives from NY

Slain imam’s body arrives from NY


Dhaka -The body of Bangladeshi expatriate imam Maulana Alauddin Akhonjee, who was shot to death along with his assistant by a gunman in New York City on Saturday, arrived home Thursday morning, UNB news agency reported. Earlier, Emirates flight EK202 left JFK, New York at 11pm on Wednesday carrying the remains of Akhonjee and the flight EK 582 reached Dhaka from Dubai at 9:00am on Thursday, Shameem Ahsan, consul general at Bangladesh Consulate in New York told UNB.
It could not be known immediately when the body will be taken to the deceased’s home town Habiganj from Dhaka.
The imam and his assistant, also a Bangladeshi expatriate, were gunned down in a brazen daylight attack by a terrorist in New York City while returning home from a mosque after Zohr prayers.
Akhonjee, 55, hailed from Chunarughat upazila of Habiganj while the other victim, Tera Uddin, 64, from Laxmipasha village in Golapganj upazila of Sylhet district.
Alauddin, father of three sons and five daughters, had gone to the US along with his first wife, one son and four daughters in 2011.
His second wife, two sons and a daughter are living in Shayestanagar of the district town.
Meanwhile, New York police say the motive in the ambush slaying of an imam and his friend is still a mystery.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters Wednesday that an analysis of the mobile phone and social media accounts of alleged gunman Oscar Morel for clues of a motive has so far come up empty.
Boyce said that family and friends of Morel also have told police they are baffled by the allegations against Morel.
Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee and Thara Uddin were gunned down Saturday after leaving a mosque in Queens. Some people in a largely Bangladeshi Muslim community there said they believe the slayings were a hate crime.
Through his lawyer, the 35-year-old Morel has denied the murder charges against him. He’s being held without bail.


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