31 Dead in 3 Blasts Near Baghdad Hotels
Explosions hit popular district bordering Green Zone
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 25, 2010 7:35 AM CST
Updated Jan 25, 2010 8:29 AM CST
Iraqi police evacuate a victim of a bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. Three large blasts have struck a popular hotel and restaurant district along the Tigris River in Baghdad.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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(Newser) – Three large blasts have struck a hotel and restaurant district popular with Western journalists and businessmen along the Tigris River in Baghdad. At least 31 people have been killed and scores more wounded. The first blast struck at about 3:40pm, near the Sheraton Hotel, just across the Tigris River from the Green Zone, destroying concrete blast walls protecting the site. Two others struck near the Babylon Hotel and al-Hamra Hotel.

The Sheraton houses corporate offices and headquarters of some media organizations, but some adventurous international tour groups began using it last year, reports MSNBC.