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(HOUSTON) — A family in Katy is suing BP for the death of a man in the terrorist attack on a gas plant in Ain Amenas, Algeria, last January. Three Americans died in that attack — two of them from the Houston area.

The attorney in the case, Fred Hagans, says BP left Fred Buttaccio vulnerable.

The Buttaccio family is seeking more than $1 million in damages in Fred Buttacio’s death. They also want changes in the way BP handles security abroad.

Hagans told News 92 FM that BP knew about increased security risks around the plant, but never told Buttaccio. Hagans also said BP denied Buttaccio access to Wi-Fi at the plant three days before the attack, because he was not a manager.

“They were able to use their cell phones and text each other to tell each other where the terrorists were and to stay hidden, something that was denied to Mr. Buttaccio,” Hagans said. “He initially hid from the terrorists and, without access to the Wi-Fi, he looked out and saw people walking around. He went outside [and was] immediately taken,” Hagen said.

The lawsuit also alleges BP told the family that Buttaccio had died of a heart attack.

“There’s no question he did not die of a heart attack, and even though the family requested BP to correct that, they never did,” Hagen said. “We have no idea why those reports were made, there’s no question he died of blast injuries.”

BP had no comment.

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