At least 36 killed as three blasts target Baghdad hotels

2010-01-26 09:05 BJT

Suicide bombers have struck near three hotels in Baghdad, killing at least 36 people and injuring more than 80 others.

The attacks occurred on Monday, just as Iraq announced the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majeed, a member of Saddam Hussein's regime, who was also known as "Chemical Ali." The first explosion struck in the afternoon at a joint parking lot used by the Palestine and Sheraton Hotel. Two other blasts followed minutes later, striking near the Babylon and al-Hamra Hotel, a popular spot for Western journalists and foreign security contractors.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the government said the bombings "represent an extension" of acts by insurgents linked to members of Saddam's Baath party.

Rescuers evacuate victims of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. Three parked car bombs struck near three Baghdad hotels popular with western journalists and businessmen.(AP Photo)
Rescuers evacuate victims of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday,
Jan. 25, 2010. Three parked car bombs struck near three Baghdad 
hotels popular with western journalists and businessmen.(AP Photo)