[updated 2:25 a.m. E.T.] The death toll from a series of attacks in Iraq rose to 14 today, officials said. Car bombings in Kirkuk left nine dead and 31 wounded, police said. Another car bombing in Hilla left four dead and nine wounded. These attacks come after the report of a car bomb in Baghdad that left one dead and seven wounded.
[1:24 a.m. E.T.] A car bomb exploded near two hotels in central Baghdad on Wednesday leaving one person dead, police in Baghdad said.
Also seven others were wounded in the attack near the Ishtar and Palestine hotels.
Over the past years , both hotels were damaged in a number of attacks.
Last attack was in January 2010 , when both hotels were rocked by a massive explosion that caused to close them down.
Ishtar and Palestine were renovated in 2011 along with four other biggest hotels in Baghdad in preparation campaign for the Arab Summit in March 2012.