Baghdad: A car bomb ripped through the parking lot of a Baghdad hotel killing as many as 9 people and injuring scores more on Thursday midnight, officials confirmed on Friday. The blast took place inside the walled the walled compounds of the Ishtar and Babylon hotels in central Baghdad.
The blast at the Ishtar formerly a Sheraton shattered windows of the recently renovated hotel, turning rows of expensive cars and SUVs into charred, twisted metal. The Babylon and Sheraton were hit in coordinated attacks in January 2010, together with the Hamra, which never reopened.
The attacks five years ago were carried out by suicide bombers and killed at least 36 people. They were claimed by Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the group that later became IS.