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10 Killed in Algeria Before Vote

April 12, 1999

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) _ Ten people were found slain in western Algeria on Monday ahead of elections that Algerians hope will bring an end to the country’s bloody, seven-year insurgency.

The massacre was reported by Algerian radio, but there was no immediate official confirmation.

The bodies were found near Mascara, 90 miles west of the capital, Algiers. The area has been the scene of mounting violence in recent years, especially between Islamic militants and army troops in this North African nation.

The campaign for Thursday’s presidential elections ends at midnight Monday.

Algerians are to elect a successor to President Liamine Zeroual who is cutting short his term. The winner will be the fist civilian leader in Algeria since the nation’s first president, Ahmed Ben Bella, was ousted in 1965.

More than 75,000 people have died in the Islamic insurgency that began after authorities canceled 1992 elections in which the now-banned Islamic Salvation Front party was headed for victory.

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