Queens Imam Shot Dead Outside Mosque

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The leader of a Queens mosque and an associate he was walking with have been fatally shot in a brazen daylight attack.

Police say 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and a 64-year-old man were shot in the back of the head as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Ozone Park shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday.

Detective Inspector Henry Sautner says Akonjee was killed. The other man, who was not immediately identified, later died at a hospital.

Sautner says no motive has been determined.

A man who worships at the mosque is blaming the shooting on anti-Muslim rhetoric from some political figures.

Millat Uddin says the shooting "could be a net result of the politics that is going on."

The mosque serves a community of Bangladeshi immigrants.