Kirsters Baish| The Daily Mail UK reports that a Muslim extremist father was arrested at the New Mexico housing compound where he was keeping 11 children who were starving. He was training the children to commit mass school shootings, as claimed in legal documents. 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj was arrested at the Amalia housing compound on Friday, along with his wife, two sisters, and brother-in-law.
When police arrived at the compound, Wahhaj was armed with an AR-15 rifle in addition to four pistols. Court documents that were filed today note that the prosecution said that the suspect was using the weapons in order to train children to carry out mass school shootings.
It has not yet been made clear if the group had planned on targeting a specific school.
The housing compound is located near the Colorado border. The FBI has been keeping an eye on the compound since Wahhaj’s disabled son disappeared in December.
They claim that they did not raid the premises because AG was never seen there.
Authorities are concerned that the remains that they found on the compound this week were those of the young boy. This has not yet been confirmed, however.
Neighbors around the compound have claimed to have heard gunshots over the past few months. A man who doesn’t live far stated that the children used to play with his kids near his plot of land, however, it has been weeks since they visited.
41-year-old Tyler Anderson is a mechanic who lives close-by. He explained that the Wahhaj family came in December with money to build their home and buy groceries. The mechanic helped the family install solar panels. He explains that they stopped coming around, however. Anderson knew about the target practice area. He explains that there used to be gunshots from the compound, however they recently came to a stop.
“We just figured they were doing what we were doing, getting a piece of land and getting off the grid,” he said.
The Daily Mail UK reports:
Lucas Morton, who is married to Subhanah Wahhaj, one of the sisters, owns the tract of land where the family was based and started building their compound.
The man who owns the patch next to it, however, says they started encroaching on his acreage as the compound grew bigger.
He appealed to the courts to have them convicted for the breach but nothing was done.
‘I started to try and kick them off about three months ago and everything I tried to do kept getting knocked down,’ he said on Tuesday.
The children on the compound ranged in ages from one year old and fifteen years old. They were all taken into the government’s care. All children are related. The children had not been fed in days. They appeared to have not bathed recently either.
Police intercepted a message that was either from the children or one of their mothers which read, “We are starving and we need food and water.”
On Wednesday, new details emerged while the prosecution told the judge why Wahhaj should not have bail. Currently, Wahhaj is being accused of child abduction and neglect. Charges have not yet been filed relating to the remains of a human body that were discovered on the property.
It has not been confirmed or denied if the remains that were discovered are those of Wahhaj’s three-year-old disabled son, AG. The boy disappeared in December.
During a Tuesday press conference, Toas County Sheriff Jeffrey Hogrefe got emotional as he spoke about the discovery of the body.
“We discovered the remains yesterday on Abdul’s fourth birthday,” he stated.
Wahhaj is the son of a wealthy New York City imam. The Daily Mail UK writes that he “reportedly planned to perform an exorcism on the toddler who he thought was ‘possessed’.”
The father and sone went missing from the family’s Georgia home in December.
AG’s mother has been hoping for her son’s return.
The Daily Mail UK reports:
Also arrested at the compound on Friday were the man’s sisters, Hujrah and Subhanah Wahhaj, and his wife, Jany Leveille.
All three women, who police described at first as being ‘brainwashed and intimidated’ by the man, were charged with child abuse on Sunday.
Also charged was Lucas Morton, Subhanah’s husband. He is charged with harboring a fugitive.