Hasan Sharif, the imam of the Muhammad Masjid in the city of Newark, was attacked with a gun by an unidentified person in front of the masjid in the morning.

After the first intervention at the scene, Hasan Sharif was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but he died despite the intervention.

Police said the slain imam was shot multiple times.

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After the incident, police teams launched a large-scale investigation to catch the attacker and took security measures around the masjid.

The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement asking anyone with information about the attack to contact police. It also announced a reward of 25 thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest of the attacker.

It is noteworthy that the attack took place at a time when threats, violence and hate speech against Muslims have increased since the Zionist occupation regime's attacks on Gaza began in October.