Algerian police officers detain an activist protesting against the president Abdelaziz Bouteflika running for a fourth term in Thursday's elections in Algiers, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)
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Clashes in Algeria's restive Kabylie region between security forces and youths opposed to Thursday's presidential election wounded around 70 people, local sources said.Separate groups of youths seeking to disrupt voting in the Bouira region, southeast of Algiers, ransacked polling stations in three localities shortly after they opened at 0700 GMT, with riot police firing tear gas to disperse them. At least 70 people were injured, including 47 policemen, and voting was temporarily suspended in Raffour, M'Chedellah and Saharij, the sources said. Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz insisted the election was taking place "in good conditions in the 50,000 voting centres" across the country, saying on state television that 23 percent of the electorate had cast their ballots by 1300 GMT.
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