Gunman Kills 9 in Libya Hotel

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In Syria, several gunmen stormed in to a luxury hotel in Tripoli, Libya and killed nine people including five foreigners, on Tuesday, January 20,  according to bbc.com and yahoo.com.

Inside the five-star Corinthia Hotel  heavily armed gunmen stormed in and started to open fire, reported reuters.com. According to nydailynews.com, the terrorists took a number of hostages. At the end of the battle the terrorists threw a grenade at the security guards, killing themselves and a guard. Some of the dead people include one American, one French citizen, and three people from Asia, stated newsok.com.

Two attackers were killed in an hour-long standoff including a car bomb in the parking lot of the hotel, according to nytimes.com. One of the people killed is an ex-Marine named David Berry. Berry was working for security training and operations firm Crucible, statednydailynews.com.

On twitter published a statement saying a Tripoli affiliate of the Islamic State group was behind the attack, but there is little evidence supporting the claims, stated nytimes.com.

This attack was one of the worst attacks the targeted foreigners since the civil war in 2011 that removed Muammar Gaddafi and fractured the oil-producing North African state into the fiefdoms, or estate of a feudal lord, of rival armed groups with two national governments, reported reuters.com.