One of the teens who was taken into custody from the alleged jihadist camp in New Mexico has told investigators he was being trained for terrorist acts, Reuters reports.
The “13-year-old boy who was part of group taken into custody at a squalid New Mexico compound last month has told FBI agents his mother’s boyfriend was training him to conduct ‘jihad’ against non-believers,” according to federal court documents.
The boy’s mother is Jany Leveille, who investigators believe was the leader of the jihadist sect.
The boy was among 11 children and five adults living at the compound in Taos County when it was raided on Aug. 3 by local sheriff’s deputies, who discovered a large number of firearms and the children living in filthy conditions without food or clean water.
The dead body of a three-year-old boy was found buried at the same location three days later.
Earlier reports indicated that the adolescent and pre-adolescent members of the jihadist camp had been trained to carry out attacks and to “confront corrupt institutions or individuals,” including hospitals.
Leveille had apparently planned to target Grady Hospital in Atlanta “due to the treatment her mother received there,” according to court records.
Reuters reported that in an affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint, an FBI special agent wrote that Leveille’s 13-year-old son told investigators that his mother’s boyfriend, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, wanted to “get an army together” and train them for jihad.
The boy told agents that Ibn Wahhaj trained him and another of Leveille’s teenage sons in firearms and military techniques, including rapid reloads and hand-to-hand combat, and told them jihad meant killing non-believers on behalf of Allah, according to the affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico.
“The 13-year-old also told the FBI that his mother believed she received messages from God, and that he watched her and Ibn Wahhaj perform supposed ‘exorcism’ rituals over the three-year-old boy, including one during which the boy choked and his heart stopped,” according to the special agent’s affidavit.
The teen also said that they were told they would “all go to jail” if they talked about the 3-year-old ever being at the camp, Reuters noted.
The jihadist camp has been one of those stories that has flown under the radar, and for the most obvious of reasons.
Despite the fact that Wahhaj was “heavily armed with an AR15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket when he was taken down,” a media obsessed with gun control decided it wasn’t worth the trouble of covering all that much.
The answer why was simple: It’s a jihadist camp, the kind that conservative outlets like the Western Journal have warned about for years and which liberal outlets have laughed about.
Nobody’s laughing now — or saying much of anything about this sick story.
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