By Spencer Kellogg | @TheNewTreasury
Last week, officers in Taos New Mexico uncovered a filthy, dilapidated compound housing 11 children in squalor conditions. Siraj Wahhaj, Jany Leveille, Lucas Morten and two other adults were charged with kidnapping and child endangerment by Clayton County police. Sherrif Jeffrey Hogrefe described the children as looking like “Third-World country refugees” and upon further investigation, a child’s body was found in the backyard. The officers are still searching for Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, the son of Siraj Wahhaj.
In an explosive court filing on Wednesday, prosecutors now allege that Wahhaj was training the children to commit school shootings. Officers found a makeshift shooting range on the compound that sits near the border of Colorado in the empty deserts of northern New Mexico. Wahhaj is the son of a controversial Brooklyn Imam who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj was last spotted in Alabama months ago when he got into a car crash with seven children in his SUV.
While the 11 children are now safe, the hunt for Wahhaj’s child continues. Abdul-Ghani, the three year old son of Siraj, had been taken from his mother after insisting on performing an exorcism on his son who he believed was possessed by the devil. Sheriff Hogrefe labeled the occupants of the compound as ” “most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief” and said that Wahhaj was “heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30 round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket when he was taken down.”