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'New York Post' sued over Boston Marathon bombings coverage

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Emergency workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion on  April 15, 2013

© PA Images / Charles Krupa/AP

The New York Post is being sued over its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Salaheddin Barhoum, 16, and Yassine Zaimi, 24, claim in a lawsuit that the newspaper inflicted emotional distress on them and invaded their privacy for printing an article which appeared to portray them as suspects of the April 15 attack.

The two men also accuse The New York Post of subjecting them to "scorn, hatred, ridicule, or contempt".

Pictures of both Barhoum and Zaimi were published in an article titled 'Bag Men', which appeared to allege that the FBI was investigating them for possibly committing the bombings.

The actual suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing were later identified by the FBI as brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The New York Post's editor Col Allan initially stood by the original story in the days after the bombing, and insisted that Barhoum and Zaimi were never directly named as suspects in his paper.

The New York Post has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

Three people were killed and 264 suffered significant injuries when bombs exploded near the finish of the Boston Marathon.

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