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The amount of compensation for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks has been named

More than $8 billion was paid to the victims and families of those killed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, CBS News reports, citing a report by the specialized compensation fund.

At the moment, the money is distributed among more than 40 thousand people. The report shows that the number of applications for compensation has increased in the past few years.

Experts attribute this to the 2011 law signed by President Barack Obama-the document provides for health monitoring and financial assistance to first-aid workers, volunteers, and survivors of the September 11 terrorist attacks. It is named after James Zadroga, a New York City police officer whose death was linked to the disaster at the World Trade Center.

This summer, the reception of applications for compensation ended, but Hugh Campbell, a former board member of the NGO Trial Lawyers Care, which helped the families of September 11 to receive compensation, believes that the reception should be resumed.

On September 11, 2001, 19 suicide bombers hijacked four commercial aircraft. Two of them crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, one — into the Pentagon and another fell near the city of Shanksville when passengers and crew tried to neutralize the invaders. In total, more than 2.9 thousand people were killed. The Al-Qaeda terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attacks were planned from Afghan territory, which provoked the invasion of US troops in Afghanistan in 2001. The founder of Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, was the main target of the American "war on terrorism". On May 2, 2011, bin Laden was killed during an operation by American special forces on the orders of President Barack Obama in his own hideout in Pakistan.

Earlier, the journalist said that bin Laden was planning a terrorist attack on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

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