Eleven children aged one to 15 were rescued in the US state of New Mexico after officers raided a makeshift compound occupied by armed "extremists."

Two men were arrested after police found them and the children in what one officer called "the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen".

The discovery came as part of the operation connected to a months-long search for an abducted three-year-old, according to New Mexico's Taos County sheriff's office.

The investigation kicked off late last year on the opposite side of the country in Jonesboro, Georgia, where 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj of the state's Clayton County was accused of kidnapping his toddler - who was ultimately not found.

Read more: The Telegraph (UK)