It was right here on American soil, and somehow it went unnoticed – until now.
FBI investigators say they’ve found a training camp in Alabama that’s linked to a group of suspected homegrown terrorists.
Breaking: The FBI has uncovered a terror training camp in Macon County, Alabama. The group responsible for the camp was led by Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj managed a New Mexico terror compound uncovered last year, which trained children to carry out attacks. pic.twitter.com/fGhArw02yU
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Media reports that the FBI searched a property in Macon County, Alabama that they described as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course”.
Reports are that the “homegrown Islamic terror compound” belongs to a group led by 40-year-old Siraj Wahhaj. He’s an imam who was indicted on federal charges surrounding firearms violations and terrorism.
Investigators say Wahhaj managed a New Mexico terror compound which was found last year that trained children to carry out attacks.
Prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects Jany Leveille, 36, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, Subhanah Wahhaj, 36, and Lucas Morton, 41, conspired to support planned attacks on U.S. law enforcement officers and other government employees.
They face a range of terrorism and firearms charges.
In March, Federal prosecutors weighed in on the indictment against Wahhaj and others.
“The superseding indictment alleges a conspiracy to stage deadly attacks on American soil,” said U.S. Attorney John Anderson.
He shared more comments said in a written statement.
“These allegations remind us of the dangers of terrorism that continue to confront our nation,” Anderson said.
Court documents reveal the suspects were conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound in New Mexico. They also show that children were being trained to commit school shootings.
“He poses a great danger to the children found on the property as well as a threat to the community as a whole due to the presence of firearms and his intent to use these firearms in a violent and illegal manner,” prosecutor Timothy Hasson said.
The New Mexico compound was located on the outskirts of Amalia, in a tiny town near the Colorado border. It’s is reportedly very similar to the one FBI agents found in Alabama.
Former FBI agent Tim Fuhrman warned of the increasing threat of domestic terror that “exists in every region of the United States and affects all walks of life.”
“Just because you’re in a small town or a small state does not mean you might not potentially have individuals engaged in the types of activities that would call into question threats to national security,” Fuhrmansaid.
Earlier this week, the FBI revealed it’s currently pursuing 850 domestic terror investigations.
“The FBI assesses domestic terrorists collectively pose a persistent and evolving threat of violence and economic harm to the United States,” McGarrity said.
Missing 3-Year-Old’s Death
On that New Mexico compound, the remains of 3-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj were found. That’s also where found 11 malnourished children, guns and ammunition, and a firing range.
The search of the compound came about while police were looking the missing 3-year-old, who was Siraj Wahhaj’s son and suffered seizures.
According to Prosecutor John Lovelace, the boy died during “a religious ritual” intended to “cast out demonic spirits”.
Prosecutors say the boy stopped breathing and soon died during a ceremony.
Apparently Wahhaj had placed his hand on the boy’s head and was reciting verses from the Quran just before the boy began suffering seizures and foaming at the mouth. Soon after, he was dead.
Wahhaj’s 15-year-old son told investigators that one of the adults told him the spirit of the dead boy would return as “Jesus”. He also said that spirit would direct the group on where to carry out the violent attacks they were allegedly training for.
According to prosecutors, Jany Leveille, Wahhaj’s wife, led the group and was the one who spread the belief that the boy would be reincarnated to attack banks, schools, and government agencies.
“Jany had a message from God that they needed to leave and head to New Mexico and that Abdul Wahhaj, once the demons were expelled from his body through religious rituals, that he would become Jesus and once he became Jesus he would instruct the others on the property, the family, what corrupt institutions to get rid of,” testified FBI agent Travis Taylor.
Taylor had interviewed two of the oldest children.
Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhana Wahhaj, and Lucas Morton face kidnapping charges in connection with the child’s abduction and subsequent death.
They could have faced the death penalty if convicted of abducting the child because the boy ended up dying.
But in April, prosecutors said they would NOT seek the death penalty against the four suspects.