Federal prosecutors secured convictions against five adults for operating a remote terrorist training compound in New Mexico. There, the group held an abducted boy from Georgia and planned attacks on US institutions.
A jury found Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and Lucas Morton guilty of conspiring to support terrorism and plotting to kill government employees. Siraj’s sisters, Hujrah and Subhanah Wahhaj, faced the additional charges of conspiracy to kidnap resulting in death. Jany Leveille accepted a plea deal for similar charges.
The case stemmed from Abdul Ghani’s 2017 abduction by his father Siraj. Suffering from seizures, the 3‑year-old required medication. His mother reported him missing in Georgia. Later, his remains were discovered at the New Mexico site.
The remote compound contained firearms, tactical gear, and 11 neglected children. The group trained for violence, believing Abdul possessed demons. They deprived him of medication, subjecting him to daily exorcisms until his death.
Leveille convinced the others their mission was to establish a faithful community to judge corrupt institutions. They acquired assault weapons and hundreds of ammunition rounds. Some children underwent weapons instruction. The FBI called the preparation for “holy war” unacceptable.
The defendants claimed religious persecution as Muslims. However, prosecutors showed the group conspired to violently confront those unbelieving their radical views. Their actions shattered Abdul’s family and community.
All face life sentences except Leveille at 17 years. The case demonstrates that plotting terrorism on US soil and harming children will face severe legal consequences.