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Hijackers' time in Southern California at center of allegations of Saudi government involvement in 9/11 attacks

Hijackers' time in Southern California at center of allegations of Saudi government involvement in 9/11 attacks

With Congress opening the way for Sept. 11 families to sue Saudi Arabia, victims’ families are focusing on an unproven theory that a Saudi consular official in Los Angeles and a Saudi intelligence operative in San Diego directly assisted two of the 19 hijackers.

The alleged Southern California connection is the key to showing that Saudi Arabia financed Muslim extremists who played a direct role in supporting some of the hijackers, according to lawyers for the families of those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The families contend that lower-level Saudi operatives in Southern California helped find housing for the two hijackers, both Saudi citizens, months before...

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