The world witnessed 11 emaciated children living in a makeshift New Mexico compound that had little to no plumbing and were taught how to shoot and kill teachers and others in the act of terrorism.
Today the people in charge of the compound were charged by federal authorities with terror, kidnapping and firearm offenses.
According to the Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division said, “The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to provide material support in preparation for violent attacks against federal law enforcement officers and members of the military.”
During a Wednesday press release, the Department of Justice announced that “Jany Leveille, 36, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Hurjah Wahhaj, 38, Subhanah Wahhaj, 36, and Lucas Morton, 41, were charged “with federal offenses related to terrorism, kidnapping and firearms violations.”
However, in the original indictment, Leveille was also charged with “possessing firearms and ammunition as an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States.”
The group of suspects was initially charged by indictment on Sept. 11 “with a conspiracy relating to the possession of firearms and ammunition by an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States,” according to the DOJ.
“The superseding indictment alleges a conspiracy to stage deadly attacks on American soil,” U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson announced in a statement. “These allegations remind us of the dangers of terrorism that continue to confront our nation, and the allegation concerning the death of a young child only underscores the importance of prompt and effective intervention by law enforcement. I commend our law enforcement partners for their ongoing diligence and outstanding work in identifying and disabling imminent threats of targeted violence.”
During an Aug. 3 raid, the five suspects were arrested following extensive research into the disappearance Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, 3. The young boy that suffered severe medical issues, and disappeared from Georgia in back in December. The police reports stated that the residents of the compound were “most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief,” an official said at the time.
In that raid, Taos County Sheriff’s officers found 11 children that lived on the property and taken into the custody of the state child welfare workers. Three days into the investigation child remains were discovered inside a secret underground tunnel located on the compound.
The leader Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was accused of training the children to commit school shootings, instructed on how to use firearms, including tactical techniques, to kill teachers, police and other corrupt institutions they felt were corrupt, according to the prosecutor.
Court records indicate that the suspects conspired to “provide material support in preparation for violent attacks aimed at officers and employees” of the U.S. While Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahhaj “gathered firearms and ammunition” and kidnapped people across state lines “to construct a training compound where they stored firearms and ammunition.” The prosecutors also claim Leveille and Morton were trying to recruit others mostly young kids.
Leveille, Hurjah Wahhaj, Subhanah Wahhaj, and Morton were charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.” The group was accused of kidnapping a child under the legal age of 18 in Georgia taking him across state lines, “where they concealed and held the child, resulting in the child’s death.”
The press release also noted that Leveille, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Morton were charged with “conspiring to attack and kill officers and employees of the United States.”
“The defendants in this case allegedly were preparing for deadly attacks, and their targets included law enforcement and military personnel, the very people who are committed to protecting all of us,” announced Assistant Director Michael McGarrity.
“We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to uncover and put a stop to acts of terrorism,” he concluded. All suspects are in custody awaiting trial.