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Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims Tripoli hotel attack that killed 10 people

FILE - In this file image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The blogger, @AliTweel, captured the moments shortly after the blast, when flames rose up from outside the hotel, appearing to be from the aftermath of the car bomb. A group affiliated with the extremist Islamic State claims a deadly and fairly complex attack on a Tripoli hotel _ indicating an expansion of the group’s activities to a chaotic North African state on the cusp of Europe and suggesting a level of coordination with its core in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/ @AliTweel via AP video, File)

FILE - In this file image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. The blogger, @AliTweel, captured the moments shortly after the blast, when flames rose up from outside the hotel, appearing to be from the aftermath of the car bomb. A group affiliated with the extremist Islamic State claims a deadly and fairly complex attack on a Tripoli hotel _ indicating an expansion of the group’s activities to a chaotic North African state on the cusp of Europe and suggesting a level of coordination with its core in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/ @AliTweel via AP video, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.