Authorities raid New Mexico composition, rescue 11 children
Authorities discover 11 children is held by heavily-armed muslim extremists in New Mexico.
The remains of a young child were discovered on the grounds of the New Mexico compound in which 11 children were found abused and living in misery, the Taos County Sheriff’s Office revealed Tuesday.
The researchers found the remains on Monday morning, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said at a press conference. The child was found on the “inner part of the compound,” and the sheriff said that the information law enforcement agencies obtained led them to a “good idea of a “goal” of where to search for the child.
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Officials are waiting on an identification of the body, and can not positively say if it is the body of the missing 3-year-old Abdul-ghani Wahhaj.
“We discovered the remains of yesterday about Abdul’s fourth birthday,” Hogrefe said that to fight back tears.
Abdul-ghani went missing in December 2017, and led to the two-month investigation that led authorities to the “dirty” compound.
New Mexico compound believed to have Islamist extremist ties
Five adults were arrested after a raid on the location, in which the researchers found 11 children — aged 1 to 15 — life in what Hogrefe described as “the ugliest looking, filthiest” conditions he’s seen.
The mother of the boy told the authorities that her son suffered from seizures, could not walk because of severe medical problems, and required constant attention.
They told the police that in December, the boy’s father, a 39-year-old Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, one of the five arrested on child abuse charges — took the boy on a trip to a park in Clayton County, Georgia, but never returned.
Documents made public in a court filing on Monday said the father told the mother of the boy before he left Georgia, that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child, because he believed that he was possessed by the devil.
In a study of the New Mexico property, Hogrefe said the researchers found Wahhaj armed with an “AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, four loaded handguns, including one in his pocket.”
The police said Sunday that investigators believed the missing boy was at the compound in recent weeks.
Fox News’ Katherine Lamb, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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