connectVideoThe FBI arrests 5 citizens of New Mexico compound
The residents of a makeshift New Mexico compound — where 11 emaciated children were found during an August raid — have been charged by federal authorities Wednesday with terrorism, kidnapping and firearms violations.
“The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to provide material support in preparation for the violent attacks against the federal police and members of the military,” Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Ministry of Justice the National Security Division said.
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Jany Leveille, 36, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hurjah Wahhaj, 38, Subhanah Wahhaj, 36, and Luke Morton, 41, were charged with federal offenses related to terrorism, kidnapping and firearms violations,” the Ministry of Justice said in a press release. In the original indictment, Leveille was also charged with “possession of firearms and ammunition as an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States.”
The defendants were previously charged by criminal complaint on Sept. 11 “with a conspiracy relating to the possession of firearms and ammunition by an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States,” the u.s. department of justice said.
“Acts in the place of the indictment alleges a conspiracy to stage deadly attacks on American soil,” U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson said in a statement. “These accusations remind us of the dangers of terrorism that continue to confront our nation, and the assertion about the death of a young child underscores the importance of a rapid and effective intervention by law enforcement. I commend our law enforcement partners for their continued diligence and excellent work in identifying and disable imminent threats of targeted violence.”
The five suspects were arrested by the authorities after an Aug. 3 raid after a monthslong investigation into the disappearance of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, 3. The boy, who had serious medical problems, disappeared from Georgia in December. The residents of the compound were “probably heavily armed and is considered an extremist Muslim faith,” an official said at the time.
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Taos County Sheriff’s deputies found 11 children at the compound who were taken into the custody of the child to the well-being of the employees. On Aug. 6, a child’s remains were found in an underground tunnel on the compound. Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was allegedly training children to commit shootings in schools, according to the prosecutor, who later claimed that the boy’s were taught in the use of firearms, as well as the tactical techniques, in order to kill teachers, police and justice and other institutions which they found corrupt.
The defendants allegedly conspired to “provide material aid in the preparation for the violent attacks against officers and employees” of the US Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj “collected firearms and ammunition” and transported people across borders “and was a training compound where they stored firearms and ammunition.” Leveille and Morton were accused of trying to recruits others.
The replaced indictment against a surcharge Leveille, Hurjah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj and Morton with the “kidnapping and conspiracy to commit the kidnapping.” They alleged kidnapping of a child under the age of 18 years in Georgia and took him to New Mexico where she is kept hidden and the child, allowing the child to death,” the press release stated.
Leveille, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Morton were charged with “conspiracy to attack and kill officials and employees of the United States,” the statement read.
“The defendants in this case allegedly were the preparation for deadly attacks, and their targets included law enforcement and military personnel, the people who are dedicated to protecting all of us,” said Assistant Director Michael McGarrity. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to unravel and put an end to acts of terrorism.”
The suspects are in custody pending his trial.
Fox News’ Matt Richardson contributed to this report.