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Father of Paris attack victims sues Twitter, Google, Facebook

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NEW YORK — The father of a Paris terror attack victim has filed a claim against Twitter, Google and Facebook for allowing Islamic State (IS) to utilize their stages to spread terrorist publicity, the media covered Thursday.

A lawsuit filed in a federal court in California by the father of Nohemi Gonzalez, a victim of the Paris terror attack in November, charges that Twitter, Facebook and Google “have knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS [Islamic State group] to use their social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds and attracting new recruits.”

According to Wall Street Journal Reynaldo Gonzalez, whose daughter Nohemi was among 130 people killed in Paris, filed the suit on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. The suit said the companies “knowingly permitted” the Islamic State group, referred to in the complaint as ISIS, to recruit members, raise money and spread “extremist propaganda” via their social-media services.

IS leader Omar Hussain used the social networking website Facebook to recruit members for the Paris attacks, the Mirror reported.

The IS supporters have tweeted photos of dead soldiers with the hashtag #AmessagefromISIStoUS on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Several beheading videos have appeared on Google-owned video-streaming platform YouTube.

In January, a Florida-based woman filed a lawsuit against Twitter, accusing it of supporting the global spread of the IS by enabling its followers to recruit on its social media platform.

Tamara Fields, whose husband was killed in a lone wolf terrorist attack in Amman, Jordan, in November last year, sued Twitter for damages.

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“Without Twitter, the explosive growth of IS over the last few years into the most-feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,” she wrote in her lawsuit.

Twitter has knowingly allowed IS to spread propaganda and recruit members, she added.

Twitter rejected the lawsuit`s claims.

“While we believe the lawsuit is without merit, we are deeply saddened to hear of this family`s terrible loss,” a Twitter spokesperson was quoted as saying in a statement.

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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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