Ten dead as car bombs target high-end hotels in Baghdad

Car bombings targeting high-end hotels in Baghdad reportedly kill 10 and injure over a dozen in Baghdad

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 10 people have died and over a dozen were injured after car bombs detonated outside two of Baghdad’s high end hotels.

The attacks targeted the Babylon Hotel and the Cristal Grand Ishtar Hotel, formerly a branch of the Sheraton Hotel group, both establishments catering to the city’s elite and foreign workers.

Police officials said that the two hotels were placed under lockdown and an investigation is underway.

Following the attack, Iraq’s Interior Ministry boosted security around other prominent hotels and important districts of Baghdad.

Though no group took immediate responsibility for the attacks, they bore the hallmarks of ISIS.

ISIS militants have carried out a nearly daily string of bombings in Baghdad since last year targeting tourist attractions, markets, mosques and police stations.

A yearlong curfew was in place until February when Iraqi police forces captured individuals they believed were behind an ISIS car bomb making ring.

The two hotels were attacked back in 2010 along with the Hamra in bombings claimed by Al Qaeda of Iraq, now ISIS, which killed 36 people.

TRTWorld and agencies