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Sheriff refuses to discuss 'extremist' label given to suspects found in compound

Chris Ramirez
August 17, 2018 09:53 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Taos County sheriff refused to elaborate on the label used to describe the five suspects found living in a compound in northern New Mexico.

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Initially, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said the suspects were "extremist of the Muslim belief." However, when asked to define what made them extremist, the sheriff refused to answer.

“I can't comment further on that. As I said, we worked collectively with the FBI, Georgia authorities. The investigation is still ongoing, both federally and at the state level,” Sheriff Hogrefe said.

Siraj Wahhaj’s father is said to be a prominent and controversial imam at a Brooklyn mosque.

Reports indicate that the FBI linked his father to the 1993 bombing of the New York World Trade Center, but he was never indicted.

When asked about that alleged connection, the sheriff indicated that it is not part of his state investigation, but may be part of a larger FBI investigation.

The FBI was invited to participate in Tuesday’s news conference and were expected to be there, but never showed up to answer questions.

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