IS Militants target Libyan Five Star Hotel, kill 10


Tripoli, Jan 28: The militants stormed a five star hotel in Libya killing 10 including five foreigners on Tuesday. The Islamic States Group is suspected to be behind the attack that was carried out in revenge for Libyan al Qaeda militant Abu Anas al-Liby.

The gunmen used a car bomb in parking area of the five-star Corinthia Hotel killing three guards before entering into the hotel. Later, they fired openly killing the foreigners including an American, a French national, South Korean national, and two from Philippines.

The hotel was popular for the frequent visit of government officers, diplomats and top businessmen.

The SITE Intel Group said that the IS had claimed the responsibility for the attack. The extremist group targeted the hotel in Tripoli as the diplomatic discussions and missions were taking place at the hotel. The attack was called the battle for al-Liby.

Abu Anas al-Liby, accused of the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, was captured from Tripoli in October last year by the US Navy SEALS. He had a bounty worth USD 5 million on his head. He died earlier this month in a hospital in US. He was suffering from an advanced Hepatitis C and liver cancer.

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