New Mexico children 'trained to attack schools'
A man arrested right after 11 malnourished kids were discovered in a remote desert compound was instruction them to commit college shootings, US media report.
According to prosecutors’ documents, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was teaching some of the youngsters, who are aged a single to 15, how to use weapons.
Mr Wahhaj was a single of two armed males arrested at the scene on Friday in New Mexico. Three females were also arrested.
Police say the remains of a boy had been also found at the compound.
Identified on Monday, the remains are those of Mr Wahhaj’s missing 3-year-old son, Abdula-Ghani Wahhaj, the Taos News reports.
Mr Wahhaj is suspected of abducting the boy from his Georgia home in December, and it was the search for him that led to the arrests.
The toddler suffered from seizures according to the missing person’s report filed by his mother.
But Mr Wahhaj believed the boy required to be exorcised, say court papers.
Prosecutor Timothy Hasson filed the documents on Wednesday, but did not go over the accusations in court, the Linked Press reported.
Mr Hasson requested that Mr Wahhaj be held without having bail.
“He poses a excellent danger to the kids located on the property as effectively as a threat to the community as a complete due to the presence of firearms and his intent to use these firearms in a violent and illegal manner,” Mr Hasson wrote in court documents.
CNN reports the legal filings also warn that if “released from custody, there is a substantial likelihood defendants might commit new crimes due to their planning and preparation for future college shootings”.
The complaint cites a foster parent of one of the 11 kids as saying Mr Wahhaj “had educated the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings”, US media say.
All five adults arrested at the compound last week face youngster abuse charges.
Lucas Morton was the other man arrested at the scene.
3 women, believed to be the children’s mothers, have been also “arrested with no incident” and booked into the Taos Adult Detention Center, according to the sheriff’s office.
Police have not explained what connection the ladies – named as Jany Leveille and Subhannah Wahhaj, each 35, and 38-year-old Hujrah Wahhaj – have to every single other.
The officers who discovered the kids said they looked “like Third World nation refugees not only with no food or fresh water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and fundamentally dirty rags for clothing”.
Authorities had raided the website right after receiving a message from a person that read: “We are starving and need to have meals and water.”
Police stated they had been conscious of the compound for some time but had to wait for a search warrant just before getting into, as the occupants have been “most likely heavily armed and regarded as extremist of the Muslim belief”.
Mr Wahhaj was armed with an AR-15 rifle and four pistols when they encountered him, they mentioned.
According to New York media, Mr Wahhaj’s father, Imam Siriaj Wahhaj, is a prominent Muslim leader in Brooklyn, who has been known as “one of the most admired Muslim leaders” in the US.
He reportedly testified as a character witness at the trial for Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was later convicted of the 1993 bombing of the Globe Trade Center.
In 1991, he became the very first Muslim to lead an opening prayer just before the US House of Representatives.
Published at Wed, 08 Aug 2018 21:54:05 +0000