Gunmen storm Tripoli hotel, at least 3 dead

Gunmen storm a hotel popular with foreigners in Libya’s capital, setting off a car bomb and killing at least three guards in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Security forces surround the Corinthia Hotel in central Tripoli and gunfire is heard from nearby, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

A security guard was killed when the car bomb was set off outside the hotel and two others were shot dead during the assault, Issam al-Naass, a spokesman for security services, tells AFP.

Libyan security forces surround Tripoli's central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015 in the Libyan capital. (photo credit: Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
Libyan security forces surround Tripoli’s central Corinthia Hotel (R) on January 27, 2015, in the Libyan capital. (photo credit: Mahmud Turkia/AFP)

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