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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Saudi Arabia Sued for 2019 Florida Military Base Attack

Families of the victims of the 2019 attack on a base in Florida have blamed and sued Saudi Arabia. 

The attack was committed  by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani  a Saudi flight student who opened fire at a naval base at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola left three dead and 13 others were wounded

The families claimed in the lawsuit that other Saudi trainees knew in advance about Alshamrani’s premeditated attacks but did nothing about it. 

Alshamrani reported bragged about the attack at a dinner party the night before but instead of telling authorities, the other trainees called in sick in the morning. 

The FBI disclosed that Alshamrani had planned the attack for years,
was radicalized, and communicating with al-Qaida operatives through an encrypted phone.

The lawsuit also alleged that Saudi Arabia knew about Alshamrani’s associations with al-Qaida and his radicalization but did nothing about it. 

“Al-Shamrani was a Trojan Horse sent by his country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its proxy, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, for flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, under the auspices of a program tied to billions of dollars in military arms sales from the United States to the Kingdom,” said the lawsuit.

The families said that the Saudi government has not compensated them yet despite promising to do so during former president Donald Trump’s last conversation with the Saudi King. 

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