Elder Siraj Wahhaj served as character witness for mastermind of World Trade Center bombing…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Earlier this week, police rescued 11 children from a filthy, decrepit compound in rural New Mexico.
Authorities said the children, ages one to 15, were being guarded by two armed men of “extremist” beliefs.
Now, remains of a young boy have been discovered.
Police suspect the remains could be Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.
The child went missing after he was allegedly abducted by his father, Siraj Wahhaj, last year from Clayton County, Georgia. He would have turned four years old on Tuesday.
Siraj Wahhaj’s father, the missing boy’s grandfather, is a controversial New York imam who once testified as a character witness for convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as the “The Blind Sheikh.”
Abdel-Rahman was also the first Muslim to give an opening prayer before the U.S. House of Representatives.
Officials said the younger Wahhaj, 40, and four other adults found at the compound have been charged with abuse of the 11 children found in the makeshift compound.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the children looked like “Third-World country refugees” after law enforcement officers raided the hide out.
There was no fresh water, no plumbing, hardly any food, and the children had no shoes and wore only dirty rags, according to the sheriff.
“The only food we saw were a few potatoes and a box of rice in the filthy trailer,” Hogrefe said.
“It was the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen,” Hogrefe added.
Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj suffered from seizures and couldn’t walk, the missing boy’s mother, Hakima Ramzi, told CNN in an interview.
“My husband said he was taking Abdul-Ghani to the park, and didn’t come back. That was in November 2017,” she said.
Ramzi also said that her husband had been planning a rugya — an Islamic practice involving prayer that would have been aimed at ridding Abdul-Ghani of his health problems.
However,an arrest warrant affidavit for Siraj Wahhaj said the mother claimed Wahhaj “wanted to perform an exorcism” on the child because he believed Abdul-Ghani was possessed by the devil.
Sheriff Hogrefe said the remains will be confirmed pending an autopsy.