A lawsuit filed Monday by hundreds of people who were injured or had family members killed on 9/11 claims Saudi Arabia financially assisted the group responsible for the attack, BuzzFeed reported.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, represents the families and estates of about 800 of the 2,996 killed in the attacks. It alleges Saudi Arabia funded al-Qaida and helped the hijackers who crashed into the World Trade Center find homes in the United States and learn English.
"Saudi Arabia was duplicitous," the suit claimed.
"It presented a public face to the United States and other Western countries of a nation fighting al-Qaida and terrorism while at the same time, as detailed herein, Saudi government actors gave al-Qaida substantial material support and resources.
"As a result, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is liable to plaintiffs for all damages resulting in the injuries and deaths in September 11th Attacks."
The suit would not have been possible had Congress not passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act last September, which allows private citizens to "file a civil action against a foreign state for physical injury, death, or damage as a result of an act of international terrorism committed by a designated terrorist organization."
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