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3 among 9 killed in gunmen attack at Tripoli luxury hotel in Libya were Kyrgyz citizens

Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on January 27, killing at least nine people, including 3 citizens of Kyrgyzstan, before blowing themselves up with a grenade.

The head of the Civil Aviation Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic Erkin Isakov confirmed AKIpress the deaths of three citizens of Kyrgyzstan. The victims were an engineer and two flight attendants who worked for Kyrgyz company S.Group International based in the Manas airport.

The Libyan company Buraq Air has leased Airbus A320-200 from the S.Group International in 2014.

On January 29, the Buraq Air on its official website confirmed that some team members are missing since the hotel attack.

The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry told it is clarifying the information.

Libyan officials said shooting erupted inside the five-star Corinthia Hotel and security forces evacuated guests, including Tripoli's prime minister and an American delegation, after at least two gunmen blasted through the building's reception.

Militants claiming ties with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said in a Twitter message they were responsible for the attack, which they said was revenge for the death in the United States of a suspected Libyan al Qaeda operative, according to the SITE monitoring service.

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