By Libya Herald reporter.
Malta, 27 January 2015:
Omar Khadrawi, head of the Central Security Directorate in Tripoli, told the pro GNC/Libya Dawn Al-Nabaa . . .[restrict]TV in a telephone interview, that Qaddafi supporters were behind today’s terror attack on the Corinthia Hotel.
Khadrawi, who was speaking live from in front of the Corinthia hotel, claimed that initial investigations indicate that the attackers were members of the ‘’Qaddafi Revolutionary Guards and from Qaddafi’s specialist assassination squads’’.
Al-Khadrawi was adamant that the ‘’terror operation’’ had nothing to do with Daesh (IS).
The motivation for the attack was to damage Tripoli’s reputation of quiet, peace and security, he insisted.
Last Thursday, the Dat Al-Imad office complex across the road from the Corinthia Hotel received a security threat last Thursday, ostensibly from Daesh – a threat that the Hassi government and office complex management had denied was made.
Khadrawi claimed that his security forces were able to get the Salvation Government Prime Minister Omar Al-Hassi and many members of the government and guests out of the hotel safely.
Meanwhile, another official, Mohamed Hussein, referred to as a political consultant to the Omar Hassi administration, was quoted by various Libyan media sources as saying that the real target of the Corinthia attack was Al-Hassi himself.
Two of the perpetrators were killed and ”we are still dealing with one”, Khadrawi claimed. The siege operation of the hotel was nearing an end he insisted.
Meanwhile, footage purporting to be of one of the attackers as he was walking through one of the hotel’s corridor from Corinthia CCTV has appeared on social media. There is a video clip purporting to be of one of the attackers lying dead.
Reports of some of the dead terrorists being of non-Libyan Arabs has also not been confirmed. [/restrict]