The public corporation that owns the site of New York City's destroyed World Trade Center says it intends to hold Saudi Arabia liable for the September 11, 2001 attacks that toppled the complex.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it is joining a $7 billion lawsuit filed last week by the investment firm, Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost more than 650 employees, when two hijacked commercial jets slammed into the twin towers. The Port Authority lost 84 workers in the attacks.
The lawsuit accuses Saudi government officials, financial organizations and charities of financing Islamic extremists and names former Saudi national Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorist network blamed for the attacks.
The U.S. government commission that investigated the September 11 attacks called Saudi Arabia a "problematic ally in combating Islamic extremism."