Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the main suspect arrested after 11 children were found starving on a New Mexico desert compound, had a sinister plan for them, authorities say.
According to court documents, Wahhaj, who is being described as a Muslim extremist, was training the children to carry out school shootings. The plan was exposed after authorities raided the compound looking for a missing boy from Georgia. He has not yet been found, but remains belonging to a boy matching his description were found on the site.
Authorities are currently working to determine who the dead child is.
It is not clear where or when the school shootings were to take place.
Court documents in the case of the children found living in a makeshift New Mexico compound say one of the men arrested on child abuse charges was training the children to commit school shootings, according to the Associated Press.
Eleven children were rescued from the compound near the Colorado border last week where authorities found them starving and living in filthy conditions.
Five adults — two men and three women — were also found at the compound and have been charged with child abuse.
Authorities also found the remains of a child on the property, but have not yet positively identified them.
Police found the body while searching for Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, a child with a severe medical condition who was reported abducted late last year when his father took him from his mother in Georgia. He was 3 years old at the time.
Mugshots of the adults arrested at the compound were released.
Ya this is going to keep getting bigger I think.
A New Mexico Compound was raided where men were training kids on how to do school shootings.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj in particular is being held without bail as the FBI are still sorting through the place. pic.twitter.com/aD18MQSUqf
— OREGON I.T. NOT IT⚾ (@OregonJOBS2) August 8, 2018
Authorities say his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, was one of the five adults found at the compound, where he was conducting weapons training. Siraj Ibn Wahhaj faces charges of abducting his son.
According to the warrant for his extradition, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj had expressed a desire to perform an exorcism on the son.
The children found alive at the compound ranged in age from 1 to 15 and have been placed in protective custody.
Authorities who raided the compound found a box of rice, some potatoes, and “a cache of guns, including an AR-15 rifle,” according to NBC.
The plot has thickened in the last day, as more was learned about Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.
The father arrested at this compound is reported to be the son of the character witness for the blind sheikh, one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the 1993 WTC bombing: https://t.co/n4YgPAfi1M
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 8, 2018
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