Nine people, including up to five foreigners, were killed early Tuesday during an armed terrorist attack at a luxury hotel in Tripoli, Libya. A group associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 27, 2015
The New York Times reported the attack early Tuesday:
Four or five gunmen stormed the hotel, the Corinthia, in the early morning, firing their guns into the lobby, battling guards and shooting at least one Filipino woman and possibly other civilians, according to news reports and people in contact with associates inside the hotel.
Fighters wearing black uniforms labeled ‘police’ and loyal to the Tripoli government – one of two rival governments now fighting for control of Libya – responded to the attack, cordoning off streets and surrounding the hotel. Their forces entered a long standoff with assailants still inside.
Among the slain were three security guards, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported. Another was taken hostage by the terrorists, who later killed themselves, said security spokesman Issam al-Naas. “After being pursued and surrounded on the hotel’s 24th floor, the attackers detonated explosive belts they were wearing,” Naas said.
A U.S. official said an American was killed in the attack, according to The Telegraph. Reports from Twitter show that his name was David Bree, though Western Journalism has not confirmed this:
— Ahmed Sanalla (@ASanalla) January 27, 2015
The Islamic State-Tripoli Province, an ISIS affiliate, claimed responsibility for the Tripoli attack, The Wall Street Journal said.
— Mohamed Eljarh (@Eljarh) January 27, 2015
Malta Today noted the terrorists struck the hotel in response to the death of Abu Anas al-Libi, a one-time associate of Osama bin Laden. Al-Libi was accused of plotting the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. He died earlier this month in a New York hospital due to complications from liver disease while awaiting trial , according to NBC News.
h/t: The Blaze
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