Albuquerque police release video showing arrest of Muhammad Syed

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On Thursday evening, Albuquerque police released video showing the arrest of 51-year-old Muhammad Syed.

Syed is charged with the murder of Aftab Hussein, killed on July 26, 2022, and the murder of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, killed on Aug. 1, 2022.

At this point, Syed is still the top suspect in the murders of two other Muslim men in Albuquerque.

“This has been a tough week for our community,” said APD Chief Harold Medina. ”But we all pitched in to solve these crimes and protect a community that felt like it was under attack. We came together, like we always do in Albuquerque.”

Police said they are still investigating a motive, and Syed’s relationship with the victims.


Four Muslim men have been killed over the last nine months in homicides investigated by Albuquerque police:

  • Aug. 5: Naeem Hussain, a 25-year-old Pakistani man, was found fatally shot just before midnight in the area of Truman Street and Grand Avenue. He attended Afzaal’s funeral hours before he was killed.
  • Aug. 1: Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, a 27-year-old Pakistani man, was shot and killed on the sidewalk outside his apartment building, near Cornell and Lead Avenue.
  • July 26: Aftab Hussein, a 41-year-old Pakistani man, was found shot at 420 Rhode Island Ave. NW, just after 10:30 p.m., and later died.
  • Nov. 7: Mohammad Zahir Ahmadi, a 62-year-old Afghan man, was shot to death in the parking lot of the shop that his brother owns.