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Libya Attack: Gunmen Open Fire on South Korean Embassy in Tripoli, Killing Two

The gunmen fired from a car at the embassy compound, killing two security officers who were Libyan government employees and wounding another.
Image: Bullet holes in the guard post in front of the South Korean Embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli
The guard post in front of the South Korean Embassy in Tripoli is covered in bullet holes following an attack on the embassy compound on Sunday.MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP - Getty Images
/ Source: NBC News

TRIPOLI — Unidentified gunmen fired shots at the South Korean embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday killing two local security guards, South Korean and Libyan officials said.

Militants claiming loyalty to ISIS said they were behind the attack, according to a statement on social media. Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the claim.

The gunmen fired from a car at the embassy compound, killing two security officers who were Libyan government employees and wounding another, Tripoli security spokesman Essam Naas said.

A South Korean foreign ministry official in Seoul said the embassy was staffed by two foreign service officials and one administrative staff member. He said the government was considering relocating it, but did not elaborate.

Libyan militants professing loyalty to ISIS have claimed several high-profile attacks on foreigners in Libya this year, including an assault on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli and the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. They have also claimed several attacks on embassies in Tripoli.

The guard post in front of the South Korean Embassy in Tripoli is covered in bullet holes following an attack on the embassy compound on Sunday.MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP - Getty Images

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— Reuters