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    US Police Detain Suspect in Murder of Muslim Imam in New York City

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    A suspect has been detained over the fatal shooting of an imam and one more person in New York City's borough of Queens, the local NBC TV affiliate reported Monday, citing a senior police officer.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) On Saturday, a lone shooter killed an imam and his assistant close to the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque.

    The suspect has been detained and is being questioned, the senior police officer said, as quoted by the television broadcaster NBC.

    The suspect, who matches the shooter's description and was detained while approaching a vehicle under police surveillance, has not yet been arrested or charged, according to the channel.

    Previously, a preliminary investigation indicated that the imam and his assistant were shot in the head during a robbery while walking in the Queens neighborhood Ozone Park following afternoon prayers.

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