Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that one of the children that was removed from the New Mexico compound, a thirteen-year-old boy, has revealed that the children were all being trained to use firearms in the name of jihad against “non-believers.” The FBI ended up slapping the suspects with federal charges and arrested them after a state judge dismissed the charges against them. The federal charges include both conspiracy and firearms offenses.
Police found 11 children, who had clearly been starved, when they set out to find Siraj Wahhaj’s young son, who was reportedly taken from his mother in the state of Georgia. Authorities uncovered the remains of the boy on the compound.
Jany Leveille’s 13-year-old son is now talking to authorities. Leveille, a 35-year-old Haitian who has been in the United States illegally for the past two decades, is said to be the leader of the group.
In an affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint, an FBI special agent wrote that Leveille’s 13-year-old son told investigators that his mother’s boyfriend, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, wanted to “get an army together” and train them for jihad.
The boy told agents that Ibn Wahhaj trained him and another of Leveille’s teenage sons in firearms and military techniques, including rapid reloads and hand-to-hand combat, and told them jihad meant killing non-believers on behalf of Allah, according to the affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico.
Leveille’s son stated that his mother was under the belief that God was speaking directly to her. He recalled that he had seen Wahhaj’s three-year-old son die while the couple was performing exorcism rituals on him.
Reuters reports, “The teenager said his mother and others at the compound told him not to talk to anyone about the three-year-old ever being at the compound because they would ‘all go to jail.’ Defense lawyers have said that the five adults were exercising their constitutional rights to practice their religion and own firearms, and that the group is being discriminated against because they are black and Muslim. The defense attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment on Saturday.”