FBI investigators have uncovered what looks like a terrorist training compound in rural Macon County, Alabama that is linked to a group of suspected homegrown Islamic terrorists in New Mexico. The Sinclair Broadcast Group is reporting that FBI search warrants describe the small plot of land, located just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee, as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course.” Featuring five-gallon buckets with chain-link fencing over them forming a crawl-course very similar to ones used in the military.
Identified in reports as a “homegrown Islamic terror compound,” it allegedly belongs to a group led by 40-year-old Siraj Wahhaj, an imam indicted on federal charges related to firearms violations and terrorism. Wahhaj and four other suspects: Jany Leveille, 36, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, Subhanah Wahhaj, 36, and Lucas Morton, 41, face a range of firearms and terrorism-related charges amid accusations they conspired to support planned attacks on U.S. law enforcement officers and other government employees.
A new indictment from last March reveals how federal prosecutors put forth terror-related allegations against Wahhaj and the others. “The superseding indictment alleges a conspiracy to stage deadly attacks on American soil,” U.S. Attorney John Anderson stated. “These allegations remind us of the dangers of terrorism that continue to confront our nation,” Anderson said.
From The Epoch Times:
“Charging documents allege Wahhaj and others were conducting weapons training with assault rifles at the ramshackle compound in New Mexico, where children were being trained to commit school shootings.
“He poses a great danger to the children found on the property as well as a threat to the community as a whole due to the presence of firearms and his intent to use these firearms in a violent and illegal manner,” prosecutor Timothy Hasson wrote in court documents.
“The New Mexico compound, located on the outskirts of Amalia, a tiny town near the Colorado border, is reportedly similar to one FBI agents found in Alabama.
“In an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group, former FBI agent Tim Fuhrman warned of the increasing threat of domestic terror that “exists in every region of the United States and affects all walks of life.”
“Just because you’re in a small town or a small state does not mean you might not potentially have individuals engaged in the types of activities that would call into question threats to national security,” Fuhrman told the outlet.
“The FBI is currently pursuing 850 domestic terrorism investigations, Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity said earlier in the week while speaking to the House Homeland Security Committee, according to CNN.
“The FBI assesses domestic terrorists collectively pose a persistent and evolving threat of violence and economic harm to the United States,” McGarrity said.
“The FBI encourages citizens to protect themselves against terrorism by remaining aware of their surroundings, refraining from oversharing personal information, and reporting suspicious activity.”
Breaking: The FBI has uncovered a terror training camp in Macon County, Alabama. The group responsible for the camp was led by Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj managed a New Mexico terror compound uncovered last year, which trained children to carry out attacks. pic.twitter.com/fGhArw02yU
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The remains of Wahhaj’s 3-year-old son were also found at the New Mexico property. In March, Wahhaj and the four other adults living at the New Mexico compound were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of “providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to murder an officer or employee of the United States, kidnapping, possessing a firearm while unlawfully in the United States, and other charges,” the Associated Press reported.
Suspected terrorist enclaves like these are sprinkled across the United States and many are under surveillance by the FBI and DHS. They may look like dumps, but in reality, they are training grounds for terrorist attacks and have been for years. Islamic radicalism and terrorism are alive and well in the United States and are still very much a threat to national security.