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Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack

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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.

In a statement posted on jihadi forums Wednesday, the group called "Islamic State in Tripoli Province" said it launched the attack Tuesday to avenge the death of Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi was snatched off a street in Tripoli by U.S. special forces and died in U.S. custody in January due to complications from liver surgery.

The group identified the attackers as Abu Ibrahim al-Tunsi and Abu Suleiman al-Sudani, noms de guerre that suggest the attackers were Tunisian and Sudanese.

The attack targeted the seaside Corinthia Hotel and also killed five guards.

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