Alabama compound connected to Amalia compound suspect

Crime

A makeshift militaristic compound in Alabama has now been linked to the same man accused of training children to carry out school shootings at a similar compound in Northern New Mexico.

WPMI in Mobile, Alabama first reported that the FBI found evidence of a terrorist training ground right outside of Tuskegee. According to the court documents obtained by WPMI, the property belongs to Siraj Wahhaj.

The Taos County Sheriff says he’s not surprised by the findings. “There was suspicion of other compounds when we did the raid in August of 2018. The first I knew about this one that was found was last week,” says Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

Five people were arrested at a compound in Amalia, one of them was Wahhaj.

Deputies found Wahhaj, another man and three women, with eleven malnourished children. The body of Wahhaj’s 3-year-old son was also buried there.

Court documents say the adults were training the kids to carry out deadly attacks on government institutions.

A federal search warrant obtained by WPMI says the Alabama compound resembles the one in Amalia. Both properties were surrounded by tires and had wooden palettes, covered with plastic tarps.

Sheriff Hogrefe says this second discovery is alarming. “It’s spooky. It’s very concerning to know that there was indeed other terrorist training camps developed around the United States. It’s a little spooky,” he says.

While no one is living on the Alabama property now, drone and ground video from WPMI shows children may have lived there. Sheriff Hogrefe believes this compound was used before Wahhaj and the other suspects came to New Mexico.

At this point, it’s unclear if any charges may come from the federal search of this property. All five of the Amalia compound suspects are in federal custody right now, on firearm charges. They were also indicted on federal terrorism charges back in March.

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