Two high-end hotels, Babylon Hotel and Cristal Grand Ishtar in Baghdad were attacked by car bombs, killing at least ten people and leaving 27 injured.
Both hotels overlook Tigris River and are frequented by foreigners and wealthy Iraqis.
Associated Press cited an unnamed source saying that a car bomb was detonated in Babylon Hotel’s car park.
Babylon Hotel is run by Warwick International Hotels and is located in Jadriya neighbourhood, which is close to the US Embassy. It features a swimming pool, a spa and was recently opened after a significant renovation.
The second attack took place in Cristal Grand Ishtar, formerly known as Ishtar Sheraton Hotel. The Ishtar hotel, located in Karrada neighbourhood is reportedly a popular destination for wedding celebrations, and is close to a club and the Palestine hotel.
None of the militant groups have currently claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Sunni extremist groups have been targeting hotels in the capital city.
Babylon Hotel and Cristal Grand Ishtar along with Hamra Hotel were targeted in a co-ordinated bombing attack in 2010, where more than 36 people were killed.
Hamra Hotel never re-opened after the 2010 attack.