Iraqi police say suicide attackers detonated three explosives-packed cars near three Baghdad hotels popular with Western journalists and businessmen, killing at least 31 people and wounding more than 80.

Two police officials say the first blast went off at about 3:40 p.m. in the parking lot of the Sheraton Hotel, toppling high concrete blast walls protecting the site and damaging a number of buildings.

Two other blasts followed minutes later, striking near the Babylon Hotel and al-Hamra Hotel.

Baghdad’s top military spokesman, Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, says suicide bombers were responsible for all three attacks.

The police officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

More In: International | News