A car bomb exploded late Sunday in Baghdad's (search) Jadiriyah district, the Iraqi Interior Ministry (search) said. Seven people were killed and about 20 were wounded, according to Al-Arabiya television.

The interior ministry said the blast was aimed at an Iraqi patrol and caused an undetermined number of casualties. However, Al-Arabiya reported that the explosion targeted a cafe, killing seven people, including some police, and wounding about 20.

The discrepancies could not immediately be reconciled.

Ministry officials said the blast occurred near Ahmed Ourabi Square (search) in an area which includes several foreign embassies and corporate offices.