Houston Chronicle

Shooting victims’ families blame Saudi Arabia


Families of three slain U.S. service members and 13 others wounded in a mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in 2019 alleged Monday that Saudi Arabia’s government facilitate­d the attack that U.S. authoritie­s concluded was internatio­nal terrorism.

A complaint in federal court in Pensacola makes new allegation­s that the shooter, Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani, executed the attack with the support of “accomplice­s.” Those included fellow Saudi air force trainees, whom he told of his plans the night before and on a November visit to the 9/11 memorial in New York City to pay tribute to the hijackers, the plaintiffs alleged.

The families also accused the Trump administra­tion and the Saudi government of reneging on pledges of support for families.

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