Suspected jihadi training compound uncovered in Alabama

A suspected jihadi training compound has been uncovered in Alabama that is similar to a New Mexico facility where a group of people were arrested last year for conspiring to carry out a terror attack on U.S. soil. 

The remote property, which the FBI said contained a ‘makeshift military-style obstacle course’, was uncovered off a dirt road near the small town of Tuskegee. 

The plot of land in Alabama belongs to Siraj Ibn Wahhaj – one of five people arrested at a similar New Mexico compound last year where the remains of his toddler son were also found. 

Drone footage shot by ABC 3340 of the Alabama property showed blue gallon buckets set up around the property with what appeared to be chain link fencing placed on top. 

The FBI described in a search warrant that the debris spotted on the property resembled an obstacle course similar to what the military uses.

A wooden structure covered in plastic tarps was surrounded by pallets and mattresses.

The property was also littered with car tires and children’s toys.

The FBI noted in their warrant that they seized a laptop, a kindle and several cellphones when they raided the compound. 

It is understood the FBI raided the property last year but details of the search warrant have only just emerged. 

Images of the Alabama property show striking similarities to the ragged New Mexico camp near Amalia, which is just south of the Colorado state line. 

Authorities raided that property last year in their search for a missing three-year-old Georgia boy who was also Wahhaj’s son.

The child’s remains were found on the property where authorities say they also located 11 starving children dressed in rags and living in filth, guns, ammunition and a firing range. 

Wahhaj, his girlfriend Jany Leveille, her two sisters, Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhanah Wahhaj, and her brother-in-law, Lucas Morton, were all arrested. 

The charges listed in the indictment against them ranged from terrorism, kidnapping, and conspiracy to provide resources, training and other support for ‘attacks to kill officers and employees of the United States’.

According to the indictment, the five defendants had been maintaining since October 2017 ‘a training compound to prepare for attacks on government, military and other institutions’.

Wahhaj and his girlfriend allegedly instructed people, including those at the compound, to be prepared to engage in ‘jihad, to die as martyrs and to engage in violent acts’, including the killing of FBI employees and military personnel, according to court documents. 

The suspects’ attorneys have disputed the allegations, saying they are based on the uncorroborated statements of children. 

Wahhaj is the only adult not charged in his son’s kidnapping. 

Prosecutors revealed last month that they would not be seeking the death penalty against the four adults accused of kidnapping the three-year-old.  


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