'Muslim extremist' wanted captive kids to slaughter schoolchildren: Cops

Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, left, sits next to public defense attorney Aleks Kostich. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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The leader of a doomsday Muslim cult planned an exorcism of a three-year-old boy and wanted child captives to commit mass murder at American schools.

Cops say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was among the five adults arrested when authorities raided the makeshift desert structure in Amalia, near the Colorado border.

On the “filthy” compound, they found 11 children, ages one to 15, living in squalid conditions. The mothers of the 11 children — Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35 — and Lucas Morton were also arrested.

Conditions in the compound were described as “filthy”. TAOS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.

The children have been placed in protective custody.

One of the kids told detectives they were being trained by their captors to commit school shootings using assault rifles.

Wahhaj was wanted previous to Friday’s raid for questioning in the mysterious disappearance of his four-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani.

The fanatic’s father is a New York City imam who has been linked to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in the Big Apple.

“[Occupants of the compound] were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief,” Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe told reporters.

According to a warrant released Monday, Wahhaj allegedly told the boy’s mother he wanted to perform an “exorcism” on his then-three-year-old son.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Wahhaj believed his son was “possessed by the Devil” because of the seizures he suffered and his inability to walk. The boy was reported missing in December.

The mugshot for alleged extremist Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. TAOS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.

Wahhaj and his son were last seen together about two weeks after the child was reported missing. The pair were involved in a car crash on I-65 in Alabama.

A child’s body was found on the compound but it is not yet known if it’s Wahhaj’s son.

When police arrived at the compound, Wahhaj was armed with an “AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket,” according to Hogrefe.

Subhannah Wahhaj, mother of the missing boy and wife of alleged extremist Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. TAOS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT.

The sheriff said the children had no shoes, wore dirty rags for clothing and “looked like Third World country refugees.” He described the living conditions as “the ugliest looking, filthiest” he’s ever seen.

Prosecutors want the suspects — who have all pleaded not guilty — to remain in custody because of their “planning and preparation for future school shootings.”

— with files from The Associated Press

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