Prosecutors: Kids Trained to Kill at NM Compound

The 11 kids removed from a desert home were being trained for school shootings, cops say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 8, 2018 6:15 PM CDT
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A disheveled living compound at Amalia, N.M., on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

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The father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors said in court documents obtained Wednesday. Per the AP, the documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border where 11 hungry children were found in filthy conditions. Prosecutor Timothy Hasson filed the documents while asking that Wahhaj be held without bail after he was arrested last week with four other adults facing child abuse charges. Prosecutors did not bring up the school shooting accusation in court on Wednesday during an initial appearance. Authorities say the remains of a boy also were found at the compound but have not been positively identified by medical examiners. Wahhaj's son, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, went missing in December.

Authorities say his father had told the boy's mother he was taking the child to a park and didn't return. For months, neighbors worried about the squalid compound built along a remote New Mexico plain, saying they took their concerns to authorities months before sheriff's officials raided the encampment, described as a small camping trailer in the ground. Authorities said during the raid Friday that they had found the father armed with multiple firearms, including an assault rifle. They also said they believed there was a shooting range on the site. The group arrived in Amalia in December, according to Tyler Anderson, a 41-year-old auto mechanic who lives nearby. Anderson said he met both of the men in the group, but never the women, who authorities have said are the mothers of the 11 children, ages 1 to 15.

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