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Fort Hood Shooting Victims Sue U.S. Government

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WASHINGTON - It's the third anniversary of the attack on Fort Hood, and 148 victims and family members announced they're suing the government for compensation.

The group says the government was negligent and could have prevented the attack that killed 13 people and wounded more than a dozen others. 

The lawsuit alleges DoD is avoiding legal and financial responsibility for the killings by classifying the shooting as a "workplace violence" rather than a terrorist attack. 

A year before the attack, the FBI discovered Maj. Nidal Hasan communicated with Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic cleric.  The group believes Army officials had compelling evidence Hasan was an extremist and said officials should have discharged Hasan, but instead, promoted him to Major.

They hope this suit will give them legal and financial support for their suffering.

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