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Three Die in Two Algiers Bombings

August 10, 1999

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) _ Three people died and 10 were wounded in two bombings in Algiers _ the first such attacks since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika took office four months ago, officials said Tuesday.

A bomb exploded Monday near government offices in the city center, killing three people and wounding eight.

Earlier Monday, an explosion rocked the popular Bab El Oued neighborhood on Monday. Hospital officials said Tuesday that two people were wounded, one of them seriously.

There were no claims of responsibility.

In an unusual step, the security services did not issue any statements condemning, or acknowledging, the attacks.

Bouteflika has taken steps to end a civil war that began in 1992 after the military-backed government canceled elections the Islamic Salvation Front was set to win.

With his efforts, there has been relative calm in Algiers, typified by less stringent security measures.

Attacks still occur frequently outside the capital. Press reports estimate that about 100 people have been killed and 250 wounded since the beginning of June in the country’s interior.

An estimated 100,000 people total have been killed since 1992.

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