Authorities found a homemade shooting range, an AR-15 with 30-round magazines, guns and ammo…
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The squalid compound in Taos, New Mexico where authorities found 11 starving children was reportedly being used to train the boys to perpetrate school shootings.
The foster parent of one child told police the defendants “trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings,” CNN reported.
Prosecutors said the children underwent advanced weapons training.
Authorities found a homemade shooting range, an AR-15 with 30-round magazines, four pistols, loaded magazines, and extra ammunition.
Police arrested five people at the compound for child abuse.
Prosecutors allege Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, who has connections with Islamic terrorism, was the one responsible for training the boys, Fox News reported.
He is the 39-year-old son of Siraj Wahhaj, a Brooklyn imam of the Al-Taqwa mosque and the leader of the Muslim Alliance in North America.
Wahhaj was an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the New York Post reported.
He was also a character witness for the mastermind of the attacks, Omar Abdel-Rahman.
In response to the attacks, he called the FBI and CIA the “real terrorists,” according to the Post.
Wahhaj’s spokesman said he had “no knowledge” of his son’s activities.
Imam Wahhaj has extremists views including undermining America’s fundamental institutions.
“Islam is better than democracy. Allah will cause his deen [Islam as a complete way of life], Islam to prevail over every kind of system, and you know what? It will happen,” he said according to the book American Islam.
He said he hopes all Americans will convert to Islam.
Prosecutors asked the judge to hold the younger Wahhaj without bail, arguing it was likely that the defendant would plan or execute a school shooting.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe assessed an extreme danger with the defendants that confirmed the prosecutor’s argument.
“I absolutely knew that we couldn’t wait on another agency to step up and we had to go check this out as soon as possible, so I began working on a search warrant right after I got that intercepted message — it had to be a search warrant and a tactical approach for our own safety because we had learned the occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief,” Hogrefe said.