ALGIERS — * Algeria's rulers declared a state of emergency Sunday night and started legal action to ban the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), which has led street protests in which at least 40 people were killed in two days.
Troops and security forces in a score of towns have battled FIS militants seeking the resurrection of a canceled general election their party was expected to win. Many Algerians said the violence which erupted after Friday prayers was an attempt at insurrection. More than 200 people were injured and hundreds arrested in running battles.
The 12-month state of emergency is the third such measure taken since serious rioting in 1988. A state of emergency was imposed then for one week. A state of siege was decreed last June for four months.