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World IN BRIEF / ALGERIA

Foreign Inquiry Into Massacres Spurned

January 08, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

Even as reports of more killings were published, the government "categorically rejected" a call by the U.S. for an independent inquiry into the continuing slaughter blamed on Islamic insurgents. But in an apparent contradiction, the U.S. State Department said that a human rights investigator was still a possibility. State-run radio reported that attackers killed 62 civilians and wounded 48 in new massacres in Relizane province.

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