A Muslim extremist was arrested in New Mexico at a compound where 11 children in very poor health with very little food were found being trained to commit school shootings.
The extremist is Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his compound was discovered as investigators were searching for his three-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who has been missing for months. That boy wasn’t found, but 11 other kids were, and authorities say they found the remains of another child in that same area.
The suspected child abductor found last week with 11 children and four other adults at a squalid New Mexico compound had trained at least one of the minors to use an assault rifle in preparation for a school shooting, prosecutors said in court documents filed on Wednesday. The children, who officials have said were between the ages of 1 and 15, were taken to the compound by some adults for the purpose of receiving weapons training for future acts of violence, the documents said…
[Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe] also said the group was “considered extremist of the Muslim belief,” but declined to clarify the remarks when asked on Tuesday.
It turns out Muslim extremism, a violent philosophy justified by fundamentalist interpretations of the Qur’an, runs in Wahhaj’s family. He’s the son of a controversial Brooklyn imam once accused of conspiring to commit the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001.
His father also goes by Siraj Wahhaj, according to CBS.
Siraj Wahhaj, who shares a name with his son who was arrested Saturday, testified as a character witness for Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the notorious “blind sheikh” who was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks in the U.S…
The elder Wahhaj heads Masjid At-Taqwa mosque in Brooklyn, New York, which has attracted speakers over the years who have been described as radical.
The elder Wahhaj was named in the investigation of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing but was never charged.
This could be the worst story I’ve heard in a long time. The children were apparently kept in inhumane living conditions, with 11 of them living in a small camping trailer in the ground, so it’s surprising to think about the fact that it could have been much worse if authorities didn’t intervene.
If they didn’t find this compound, where kids had very little water and “a few potatoes and box of rice,” who knows what tragedies could have occurred? These kids were being trained to commit attacks by someone who is motivated by religion and politics to destroy the United States, so apprehending the extremists and saving the kids is about as good of a result as we can ask for.