BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A suicide car bomb exploded in central Baghdad this morning, killing at least 23 people and wounding 94, police said.

The 7 a.m. attack in Tayaran Square appeared to target a police patrol and Iraqis gathering to apply for jobs as day laborers on construction sites, Lt. Bilal Ali said.

The blast was followed by gunfire but it was not immediately clear who was shooting – police or insurgents carrying out a carefully coordinate attack.

The square is located near several government ministries and a bridge that crosses the Tigris River to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where Iraq’s parliament and the U.S. and British embassies are located.

Ali said at least 23 people were killed and 94 wounded, including police officers and civilians.

AP-ES-12-12-06 0005EST

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