Muslim Extremist Arrested at New Mexico Compound Is the Son of Terror-Linked NYC Imam
One of the men arrested in the raid on a squalid New Mexico compound Friday is the son of a notorious New York City imam linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Fox News reported.
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was allegedly planning to perform an “exorcism” on his 4-year-old son and was training children to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained by the media 0n Wednesday.
Brooklyn imam Siraj Wahhaj Sr. was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 terrorist bombing plot, and is also a good friend of "Women's March" founder Linda Sarsour.
The younger Wahhaj was arrested in the raid along with four other adults. Authorities are waiting to find out if human remains found at the site were those of his severely disabled son, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj.
Eleven hungry and malnourished children ages 1 to 15 were living in the "filthy" compound in Amalia, New Mexico, near the Colorado border.
Their mothers — Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35 — and Lucas Morton were arrested with Wahhaj. The children were placed in protective custody, according to Fox News.
Authorities said that during the raid Friday they found an AR-15, five 30-round loaded magazines, and four loaded pistols. They also indicated that there was a shooting range on the site.
Court documents say that the younger Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with the children at the compound.
Before the raid, Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the occupants of the compound were “most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.”
Wahhaj was already being sought by police prior to Thursday’s raid in connection with the disappearance of his 4-year-old son Abdul-Ghani.
In a warrant made public Monday, Wahhaj told the boy’s mother he wanted to perform an “exorcism” on his then-3-year-old son because he believed he was “possessed by the Devil.” The boy suffered from seizures and couldn’t walk, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.