The leader of a New York city mosque and a man in his 60's were shot and killed on Saturday afternoon.Imam Maulana Akonjee and his companion Thara Uddin were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.Police say the motives of the attacker are unclear:SOUNDBITE 2 - Henry Sautner, New York police department deputy inspector (man, English, 18sec)"They were approached from behind, by what witness and video evidence shows a male with a medium complexion, dark colored polo-style shirt and shorts. Immediately after the victims were shot, the same male can be seen fleeing from the scene southbound on 79th street." The worshipers were murdered after they left their mosque in the Ozone Park area of the borough of Queens. The Imam had just delivered an afternoon sermon before the fatal attackThe mosque serves a community of mostly Bangladeshi immigrants.They say the shooting was a hate crime against their faith.KOBIR CHOWDHURY, PRESIDENT OF NEIGHBORING MOSQUE, ENGLISH SOT:A family man have been lost and a scholarly imam have been lost and we are devastated and we want, we want you know, we want peace MILLAT UDDIN, OZONE PARK RESIDENT, ENGLISH SOT:We feel really insecure and unsafe in a moment like this. It`s really threatening to us, threatening to our future, threatening to our mobility in our neighborhood3Police say their investigation has yet to indicate whether the men were targeted because of their RELIGION,

Imam, friend gunned down after leaving NYC mosque

The leader of a New York city mosque and his friend were shot and killed on Saturday afternoon.