Libya: Tripoli attack, 1 U.S, 1 French citizen among victims

State Department confirms, ISIS claims assault

28 January, 12:01

    An exterior view for the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli that was attacked by four armed men Yesterday An exterior view for the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli that was attacked by four armed men Yesterday

    (ANSAmed) - NEW YORK - The death of a US citizen in the attack Tuesday on the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli has been confirmed by the US State department, which however did not identify the victim. Cliff Taylor, CEO of security firm Crucible, told CNN that the American victim is Cliff Taylor, a contractor who worked for the company. The FBI will open an investigation into the attack, two sources from the Obama administration told CNN.

    According to the online edition of Le Figaro, the five foreign victims of the attack, which killed a total of 12 people, ''are an American, a Frenchman, two Filipino women and a South Korean man''. The French paper quoted Issal Al-Naass, spokesman for the local rescue team, as saying the victims died from bullet wounds. The Frenchman worked for Libyan air carrier Buraq, according to Le Figaro.

    The foreign ministry in Paris has ''condemned the vile attack'' and asked that those responsible be held accountable for their action.

    Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    According to the SITE intelligence group, ISIS carried out the attack as retaliation for the death in an American jail, on January 3, of Al Libi, an al Qaida chief who masterminded the attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in the 1990s.

    It is still unclear how the attack on the Corinthia Hotel was carried out. The hotel hosted the headquarters of the ''parallel'' government of Omar al Hassi, which is not recognized by the international community.

    Three Libyan guards were among the victims of terrorists who started firing as soon as they entered the hallway, while the five foreigners were first seized in the hotel and subsequently killed. The four attackers reportedly died in a shootout with Libyan security, though some sources alleged that the attackers blew themselves up once they were surrounded. Dozens of people were injured.(ANSAmed).

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