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Gunmen Hit Luxury Libya Hotel, Kill 8

ISIS claims credit; 5 foreigners, 3 guards reported dead
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2015 9:17 AM CST
Gunmen Hit Luxury Libya Hotel, Kill 8
Violence isn't uncommon at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. In this 2011 photo, rebel fighters engage in an intense gun battle that erupted outside the hotel.   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

(Newser) – At least eight people are dead after gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya popular with foreigners, reports the AP. ISIS (or at least a Twitter account linked to the group) has claimed credit for the attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, reports the BBC. Details are still unfolding, but authorities say five of the fatalities are foreigners and three are guards. One security official said the situation was "under control," but there were conflicting reports about whether the gunmen were holed up in the hotel with hostages. CNN says three of them were still inside. The attack reportedly began with a car bomb at the hotel, the same one from which Libyan's prime minister was seized in 2013. (Read more Libya stories.)

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