Iraqi police say a car bomb has exploded on a busy street in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, killing at least seven people and wounding more than two dozen others.
Police say the bomb went off early Monday near a military checkpoint as a group of day laborers gathered for work nearby.
Fallujah is located in Anbar province, where violence has been relatively low since Sunni militant leaders turned against al-Qaida in 2006 to help U.S. and Iraqi forces fight the insurgents.
The car bombing comes as Iraqis are counting votes from March 7 parliamentary elections.
On Monday, elections officials said at least 60 percent of ballots had been counted and the results show Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition has continued to maintain its lead.
Officials say the partial results show Maliki's State of Law coalition has at least a 65,000-vote lead over its closet rival -- the secular Iraqiya faction led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.
Elections officials say the Shi'ite Iraqi National Alliance and other groups trail.
Officials have said they hope to have final results from all 18 provinces by the end of the month.
No faction is expected to win an outright majority, which means the leading parties will most likely have to build a coalition to form a new government.
Elections officials have been downplaying reports of fraud and voter irregularities.