Many dead as bombs rock Algerian capital

A car bomb exploded yesterday in Algiers, killing four people and wounding 30, said the Algerian state-run radio. The blast in Kouba, a Muslim guerrilla stronghold in the Algerian capital, came after a wave of bombings and massacres in Algiers and neighbouring towns in January and early February in which more than 300 people were killed.

Residents, speaking by telephone from Algiers, said two other car bombs exploded yesterday afternoon in Jolie Vue and Anasser, two districts near Kouba, killing at least seven people. The reported blasts came as the authorities were calling on people to register for 5 June elections from which radical Islamists are barred. Reuters - Paris