Teenager rescued from New Mexico compound
The teenager was rescued from a New Mexico compound stated he was trained for the Jihad.
A 13-year-old boy in what investigators have described as an extremist Muslim compound in New Mexico, said he was trained to commit “jihad” against people of a different faith, according to a report Saturday.
The teenager told the researchers that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, wanted “an army” and train the group of 11 children for the jihad, Reuters reported citing federal court documents.
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Wahhaj was the father of Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, the 3-year-old boy, whose body is transformed into an underground tunnel in the compound, and whose disappearance led investigators to the group.
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The teenager said his mother was dating Wahhaj, and that the man who trained him and another teen in the compound, “in firearms and military techniques, including quickly load and hand-to-hand combat,” according to a statement.
Wahhaj, whose father was allegedly linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center as an unindicted co-conspirator and is an imam in a mosque in New York City allegedly told the young people that jihad meant they had to kill those who do not believe in Allah.
The teenager’s mother believed that God had sent her messages, on the basis of the teenager, who also said he looked at her and Wahhaj perform “exorcism” rituals on the 3-year-old boy. In one of the rituals, the boy allegedly choked and his heart stopped.
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The adults on the compound, including the mother of the boy, Jany Leveille, 35, told everyone not to talk about Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj once in the compound, because they “go to jail,” the 13-year-old boy also said.
A raid of the compound on Aug. 3 — looking for the 3-year-old on the body showed that 11 children and five adults living on the premises.
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A judge on Wednesday dropped child neglect against three of the adults as a result of a missed deadline on behalf of the local officers of justice.
The FBI on Friday arrested all five of the adults on firearms and conspiracy, and the Taos County District Attorney said his office would like to grand jury indictments in which the 3-year-old boy died.
The five suspects are scheduled to appear before the court in Albuquerque on Tuesday.
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