Gunmen attack Corinthia Hotel in Libya; at least 10 die.

American killed in Libya hotel attack 02:07
Story highlights

Libyan branch of ISIS claims responsibility; names attackers
Libyan spokesman says death toll is at least 10 people at hotel and two attackers
Siege is over and the gunmen are dead, hotel company spokesman says
An American security contractor is among the dead, his company says.

(CNN)At least 10 people and two attackers were killed in Tuesday’s attack against the luxurious Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, a spokesman for a security division of the Ministry of Interior in Tripoli said.

Five foreigners — one American, one French citizen, and three people from Tajikistan — were killed in the attack, Essam al-Naas said. Five Libyans were killed.

The Libyan branch of ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, and released photos of the two gunmen, it said had carried out the attacks as Abu Ibraheem Al-Tunsi and Abu Sulaiman Al-Sudani. Their naming convention indicates that the men were of Tunisian and Sudanese origin, respectively.

Al-Naas said it appears the attackers were Libyans.

American contractor David Berry was among the people killed in a terrorist attack at the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday, according to Cliff Taylor, chief executive officer of Crucible, a security firm where Berry was working.

The FBI is expected to open an investigation into the incident, two U.S. officials told CNN. A State Department official confirmed the death of a U.S. citizen, but would provide no further information.
orig gunmen attack corinthia hotel in libya npr_00000424

Expert: Power vacuum leading to violence in Libya 04:47
PLAY VIDEO

A French citizen was among those killed, according to the French Foreign Ministry.

Al-Naas earlier said at least two Libyan security personnel had been killed in the attack and that three gunmen were holed up in the hotel.

An online group that supports ISIS said the attack was carried out in the name of Abu Anas al-Libi.

Al-Libi was an alleged al Qaeda operative accused of involvement in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa. He was captured by U.S. special forces in Libya. He died in a U.S. hospital this month.

A spokesman for the Corinthia Group in Malta told CNN there had not been a hostage situation in the hotel, as some reports suggested.

“We are trying to take possession of the hotel back to assess the damage,” he said, but Libyan security forces were not yet allowing that.

Explosion then gunshots

The attack began when militants detonated a car bomb in the parking lot of the hotel. The gunmen then shot their way into the hotel.

Guests were evacuated to safety, however. The five-star hotel is popular among government officials, some of whom reside there.

A witness to the events told CNN that all roads leading to the Corinthia Hotel had been sealed by security forces.

People were warned to stay away, the witness said, adding that there had been exchanges of gunfire.

CNN’s Mohammed Tawfeeq and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.

More Top Stories
ISIS wants prisoner swap ‘by sunset’
Libyan security forces and emergency services surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015 in the Libyan capital. The hotel was reportedly attacked by Islamist gunmen today and gunfire was heard, an AFP photographer reported.
ISIS Libya branch claims hotel attack
Israeli soldiers carry an injured soldier after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area along the border between Lebanon and Israel on Wednesday, January 28.
Israel: Hezbollah kills 2 soldiers
lead dnt marsh plane bomb threats_00002021.jpg
Airlines see spike in online threats
Saudi new King Salman (R), US President Barack Obama (3rd from L) and First Lady Michelle Obama (3rd from R) hold a receiving line for delegation members at the Erga Palace in the capital Riyadh on January 27, 2015. Obama is in Saudi Arabia to shore up ties with new King Salman and offer condolences after the death of his predecessor Abdullah. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady shakes hands with Saudi king
Families of 43 missing students from Guerrero State in Mexico protest the government and demand answers of the missing students on November 5, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. The students have been missing since September 26, 2014 and are from the Atyotzinapa teaching college in Iguala, Mexico. (Photo by Brett Gundlock/Getty Images)
Students killed in ‘mistaken identity’

More from CNN
Nudity doesn’t shock us anymore
Nudity doesn’t shock us anymore
A dramatic doomsday warning to the world
A dramatic doomsday warning to the world
Georgia executes man despite disability claim
Georgia executes man despite disability claim
Q&A: ISIS threat to Japan sheds light on harsh realities of kidnappings, ransom
Q&A: ISIS threat to Japan sheds light on harsh realities of kidnappings…
A new sex park for Taiwan?
A new sex park for Taiwan?
Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise
Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise

Promoted Stories
How failing can help you succeed in life
How failing can help you succeed in life
SourceGuru Blog
4 reasons to rent
4 reasons to rent
Coldwell Banker United
12 Crazy Looking Animals In Africa
12 Crazy Looking Animals In Africa
AFK Insider
IDF targets Syrian Army posts in overnight strike
IDF targets Syrian Army posts in overnight strike
HAARETZ
Recommended by

More from Middle East
Libyan security forces and emergency services surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015 in the Libyan capital. The hotel was reportedly attacked by Islamist gunmen today and gunfire was heard, an AFP photographer reported.
Father of American killed in Libya says son was a patriot
Time running out for ISIS hostages
ISIS’ Japanese hostage video raises new questions about ‘Jihadi John’
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with the US Secretary of State at his private residence on June 27, 2014 in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet the Syrian opposition, a day after hosting urgent talks on Syria and Iraq in Paris, as Washington unveiled plans to provide some $500 million in arms and training to the Syrian rebels. AFP PHOTO / POOL / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Translate »
Skip to toolbar