Gunmen kill at least 8, take hostages at Tripoli hotel

A Libyan security official says that gunmen have stormed on of the most exclusive hotels in Tripoli and have taken an unknown number of hostages after killing at least eight.

Essam Al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency, told the Associated Press that a standoff was ongoing Tuesday at the Corinthia Hotel, which sits on the Mediterranean Sea. Police identified the victims as five foreigners and three guards.

The New York Times reported that the militants are claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.

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