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Muslims traveled to New Mexico from Georgia ‘to get an army together’ and train them ‘to kill people for Allah’

“Kill them wherever you find them” — Qur’an 2:191, 4:89 (cf. 9:5). And while you’re at it, celebrate diversity!

Trial to begin in Taos kidnapping, terrorism case

by Olivier Uyttebrouck and Colleen Heild, Albuquerque Journal, September 22, 2023:

Sep. 22—New Mexico became the focus of national attention in 2018 when two men and three women were found living with 11 children in a makeshift compound north of Taos stocked with guns and ammunition, a firing range and a mysterious 100-foot tunnel.

Jury selection will begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, where attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice counterterrorism section will attempt to show the five traveled to New Mexico from Georgia “to get an army together” and train them “to kill people for Allah.”

A federal criminal complaint charging the five in August 2018 contained allegations of terrorism and kidnapping, motivated by bizarre notions of “jihad,” exorcism and “black magic.”…

Authorities found 11 malnourished children and the remains of a 4-year-old boy in the tunnel. All but the boy’s father are facing federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping….

A superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in March 2019 in Albuquerque identifies the five defendants as Jany Leveille, 40; Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 45; Hujrah Wahhaj, 40; Subhanah Wahhaj, 40; and Lucas Morton, 45.

The charges include providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to murder an officer or employee of the United States and illegal possession of firearms, and several conspiracy charges. Prosecutors on Thursday dropped the illegal firearms possession charge and one of the conspiracy charges….

The federal complaint alleges that Leveille became pregnant in Georgia about the same time that Siraj Ibn Wahhaj’s wife, identified as Jane Doe, also became pregnant….

Once in New Mexico, Leveille had planned “to perform an exorcism on him, to cast the demons from his body, after which he would come to life as Isa,” an Islamic prophet or messiah, the complaint said. Laveille believed Isa then would instruct the others “what corrupt institutions they needed to get rid of,” including military, law enforcement and financial institutions, it said….

In December 2017, the group collected at least 11 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in Georgia and drove them to a site in Taos County where they “built and maintained a compound” that included a “firing range and tactical training ground.”

Leveille admitted living at the compound from December 2017 to August 2018 with 11 children. During that time, Lucas Morton and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj “trained persons, including my minor children, in firearms use and tactical maneuvers.”…

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