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Gunmen shot their way into the luxurious Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli on Tuesday, and it wasn't immediately clear whether there were casualties in the attack.

An online group that supports ISIS said online that the attack was carried out in the name of Abu Anas al-Libi.

Al Libi, an alleged al Qaeda operative accused of involvement in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa and who was captured by U.S. special forces in Libya, died in a U.S. hospital earlier this month.

The attack began when militants detonated a car bomb in the parking lot of the hotel Tuesday morning.

The five-star hotel is popular among government officials, some of whom reside there.

Read more: CNN

One person was killed by a car bomb, parked near a police station by suspected Islamist militants, in the Egyptian city of Alexandria early on Tuesday, security sources said.

The attack in Egypt's second-biggest city also wounded two people but there were no immediate details about the identity of the victims.

Security sources also said that unknown assailants had attacked a police station in western Alexandria with Molotov cocktails, setting it alight but causing no casualties.

Read more: Reuters

Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism.  The hostage crisis has become a test for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took power in 2012 pledging to bolster Japan's global security role.

Abe on Sunday condemned the killing of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the militants as "outrageous" and called for the release of veteran correspondent Kenji Goto, captured by Islamic State militants in Syria.

"We would like to work together with the Jordanian government to secure the release of Goto," Yasuhide Nakayama, state minister for foreign affairs, told reporters in Jordan late on Monday.  Nakayama was sent to Jordan last week to deal with the crisis.

Read More:  Reuters

Special police forces in France arrested four men in the southern French town of Lunel on Tuesday in an operation aimed at breaking up jihadist networks, a police source said.  Two of them had returned from Syria, the source said.  The town of Lunel, in the Herault region, has attracted attention after local media reports that as many as 10 of its residents sought to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamists.

France has stepped up its fight to break up jihadist recruitment cells after 17 people were killed in three days of violence by Islamist militants in Paris earlier in January.

The attacks, one at the headquarters of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the other at a Jewish supermarket, were launched by men who had connections to jihadist recruiters. All three were killed as security forces closed in on them.

Since then, police in Belgium, France and Germany have interrogated dozens of Islamist suspects, and in Paris last week French prosecutors asked for formal investigations of four men suspected helping prepare the Jan.7-9 attacks in Paris.

Source:  Reuters

Several hacker-type accounts on Twitter announced threats to several flights on Monday, leading JetBlue to pull one flight back to the gate due to the safety of passengers, the airline said in a statement.  A Twitter account that includes an expletive issued a handful of tweets threatening five flights, including flight 321 that was due to take off from Boston for West Palm Beach, Fla., at 7:35 p.m.

The account tweeted to JetBlue at about 7 p.m. ET, "Guys, flight 321 and 334 have explosives on board, and you don't care? It's going to be funny watching them fall out of the sky."

JetBlue Airways Corp. spokeswoman Sebastian White issued the following statement: "Flight 321 from Boston to Palm Beach returned to the gate prior to takeoff earlier this evening due to a security situation. While we believe the threat to be non-credible, the safety of our customers is our first priority. We are cooperating with law enforcement officials who determine the appropriate security response."

JetBlue flight 334 travels from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Orlando, Fla., and arrived 15 minutes late but safely on Monday night, according to the Flight Aware website.  In all, the Twitter account threatened five flights on Monday evening.

Read More:  USA Today