Lawsuit accuses Saudi Arabia of funding 9/11 al-Qaida attacks

A number of families who lost someone in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and some rescue and recovery workers are suing Saudi Arabia in federal court, accusing it of funding al Qaida’s deadly attacks on the Pentagon, the four planes of 9/11, and the World Trade Center.

The suit was filed on March 20, 2017 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, reports Ellen Yan in Newsday.

The suit says that Saudi Arabian nonprofit organizations — some of which were headed by bin Laden’s friends and family — were used by senior members of the Saudi government and by al Qaida to fund terrorist operations.

According to the suit, the 19 September 11th hijackers — 15 of whom were Saudi — were assisted by Saudi diplomats and officials with safe houses, documentation, weapons and money.

A spokesman from the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C. did not comment.

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