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Man arrested in New Mexico is accused of training children to carry out school shootings

Prosecutors say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was arrested after 11 hungry children were found on a compound near the Colorado border.

The father of a missing Georgia boy was training children at a New Mexico compound to commit school shootings, prosecutors allege in court documents.

The Associated Press reports that the documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the compound near the Colorado border. That's where authorities say they found 11 hungry children Friday living in filthy conditions.

Authorities are waiting to learn if human remains found at the site were those of the missing boy.

Wahhaj was held without bail after he was arrested last week with four other adults facing child abuse charges.

“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 wrote.

Prosecutors did not bring up the school shooting accusation in court on Wednesday during an initial appearance by the abuse suspects. A judge ordered Wahhaj held without bond.

In the court documents, authorities say a foster parent of one of the 11 children told authorities that the child had been trained to use an assault rifle in preparation for a school shooting.

For months, neighbors worried about the squalid compound built along a remote New Mexico plain. They took their concerns to authorities months before sheriff’s officials raided the encampment.

 

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