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Libya Attack Shows Islamic State`s Reach

Tripoli: Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people, including foreigners, before blowing themselves up with a grenade.

In a press statement Tuesday, the UN Security Council members expressed their sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

The attack on the hotel began 9am, with a car bomb blast in the front of the hotel instantly killing three guards, according to the Wall Street Journal. Corinthia Hotel Tripoli is one of the most well-known in the city and is popular with foreign diplomats businessmen, and journalists.

Libyan carrier Buraq Airlines has suspended all flights for two days after one of its air crews was killed in this attack. It gave no details but a Libyan official has said a French national has been identified by his work identity card for the airline. Libyan websites said a crew of three were killed.

Libya is increasingly taking on the appearance of a failed state, with its elected government forced to reside in the far eastern part of the country while a loose alliance of militias have set up a rival government in Tripoli.

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