‘Hate crime’ denounced as New York imam and assistant are shot dead

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Protests have erupted in the neighbourhood, denouncing a ‘hate crime’, with some accusing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of stoking Islamophobia.
Protests have erupted in the neighbourhood, denouncing a ‘hate crime’, with some accusing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of stoking Islamophobia.

A Muslim imam and his assistant were gunned down and killed while walking home from afternoon prayers on Saturday, according to reports from New York. The pair were shot in the head at close range in the borough of Queens by a lone attacker who fled the scene. The slain cleric, 55, was reportedly originally from…