Prosecutor: Man at New Mexico compound was training kids to commit school shootings

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Siraj Wahhaj

AMALIA, New Mexico (NBC News) — A man arrested at a makeshift compound in New Mexico where 11 children and the remains of a boy were found was training kids to commit school shootings, according to court documents.

The man, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, was conducting weapons training at the squalid compound in the northern part of the state, documents filed Wednesday say, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities discovered the compound in Amalia last Friday during a search for a missing three-year-old from Georgia.

Once there, they came across Wahhaj — the father of the missing boy — plus four other adults and 11 hungry kids ranging in age from 1 to 15.

They arrested the adults and charged them with child abuse. Prosecutors have asked for Wahhaj to be held without bail.

When investigators returned to the property on Monday, they found the remains of a boy. A positive identification is still pending, but law enforcement believes that they are Abdul-ghani, Wahhaj’s son. The child’s fourth birthday was the same day the remains were discovered.

Wahhaj is accused of leaving Georgia in December with his son. The boy’s mother told police that Wahhaj took him to a park but never returned.

Abdul-ghani struggled with seizures and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a birth defect caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow, and could not walk, according to a warrant.

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