Three deadly blasts hit Baghdad hotels in Iraq

A series of car bombs detonated at three well-known hotels in downtown Baghdad, police said.

Three deadly blasts hit Baghdad hotels in Iraq

At least 36 people were killed on Monday in a series of car bombs detonated at three well-known hotels in downtown Baghdad, police said.

At least 71 people were wounded in the attacks at the Ishtar Sheraton, the Babylon, and the al-Hamra hotels, police said.

One bomb blast appeared to have occurred at the entrance of the Ishtar Sheraton hotel, a Baghdad landmark on the eastern side of the Tigris river, and the shock wave blew open doors and sent a cloud of dust into the Reuters offices nearby.

A cloud of debris rose from the blast site as ambulances and fire trucks rushed to the scene and police and soldiers blocked off entry. TV images showed that towering concrete blastwalls protecting the hotel had fallen like dominoes.

The hotel has not been a regular hotel for years and largely houses company offices and some media organisations, but some adventurous international tour groups began using it last year.

A second bomb appeared to have blown up near the Babylon hotel, which is used by Iraqi travellers and sometimes for government meetings.

"There were three explosions, one near the Sheraton hotel the other near the Babylon hotel. The third we are checking into," said Baghdad security spokesman Major General Qassim al-Moussawi.

A police source said the third explosion occurred somewhere near al-Nahrain University in central Baghdad but details were not yet available.

The last major attack on Baghdad occurred on Dec. 8 when a series of car bombs killed more than 100 people.



Reuters

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