Kids at desert compound trained to be school shooters, DA claims

August 10, 2018

ATLANTA — An Atlanta man arrested Friday and under scrutiny over the whereabouts of his missing son faces a new accusation: Authorities in New Mexico claim he and four relatives set up a ragged desert compound to teach children to be school shooters.

That allegation emerged Wednesday in court filings made by prosecutors asking a judge to hold Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, and four other suspects, each charged with 11 counts of child cruelty, without bond.

Meanwhile, investigators were working to determine if decomposing remains found near the compound belong to the missing son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj. They were found Monday, Abdul-Ghani’s 4th birthday.

Wahhaj and fellow suspects Lucas Allen Morton, Jany Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj were arraigned Wednesday. Siraj Wahhaj and Leveille declined to offer a plea, while the others pleaded not guilty, Albuquerque news station KOB-TV reported. They face bond hearings in coming days.

Taos County, N.M., Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said his agency was watching the compound, where the adults lived with 11 children, before Friday’s raid. He said it appeared it belonged to Muslim extremists but didn’t elaborate.

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