The father of a missing 3-year-old who was arrested at a New Mexico compound linked to “extremist Muslims” last week was training children to commit school shootings, court documents filed revealed. Prosecutors allege Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was conducting weapons training on the compound, where 11 children were found hungry and living in squalor. Wahhaj is the son of a Brooklyn imam, also named Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj Sr. was named by prosecutors as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, according to the New York Post .
Local authorities raided the compound after a month’s long search investigating the disappearance of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj. The boy with severe medical issues who went missing from Georgia in December.
DAD ARRESTED AT ‘EXTREMIST’ NEW MEXICO COMPOUND PLANNED ‘EXORCISM,’ TIED TO TERROR-LINKED IMAM, REPORT SAYS
Lucas Morton, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, were also arrested on the property on Friday and all face child abuse charges. The makeshift compound — located near the Colorado border — was found shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and other debris. Upon authorities’ arrival, 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,” Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said. The sheriff said the children, ages 1 to 15, “looked like third world country refugees not only with no food or fresh water, but with no shoes, personal hygiene and basically dirty rags for clothing.” The only food investigators found were some potatoes and a box of rice inside a dirty trailer, the sheriff said, adding that the living conditions were “the ugliest looking, filthiest” he’s ever seen. Hogrefe previously said the occupants of the compound were “most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.”
In a warrant made public, Wahhaj told the missing boy’s mother that he wanted to perform an “exorcism” on his then-3-year-old son because he was “possessed by the devil.” The missing child reportedly suffered from seizures and couldn’t walk.
Wahhaj’s family background was already controversial prior to his arrest. In addition to his father reportedly being named by prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 bombing, the elder Wahhaj, who heads Masjid At-Taqwa mosque, was a character witness in the trial for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “blind sheikh”. Abdel Rahman was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks in the U.S.
And Siraj Wahhaj has quite the list of admirers. Linda Sarsour has many kind words to say about Wahhaj. She also endorsed Abu El-Sayed for the Michgan Governorship, which he failed to clinch-thankfully. There are nearly 90 Muslim candidates running for office across the United States this year. Two of the most high profile along with Abdul El-Sayed include Ilhan Omar and Keith Ellison. Ilhan Omar is currently a Representative for the Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and she is running for Congress to take over Keith Ellison’s seat in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Omar, who is a Muslim immigrant from Somalia, has a history of making anti-Jewish remarks and has been endorsed and supported by some of the nation’s most notorious Jew haters. Along with being pro-Hamas, Omar is also close friends with Sarsour. She was also endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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