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ORTEGA PONDERS RESPONSE TO CONTRA ATTACK

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President Daniel Ortega met in emergency session with his top security officials after a weekend attack by U.S.-backed Contra rebels in which 18 soldiers were killed, the government said.

The soldiers were ambushed on their way to register for Feb. 25 national elections, and the Defense Ministry accused rebels of trying to disrupt voter registration.Ortega met late Sunday with his brother, Defense Minister Humberto Ortega, and Interior Minister Tomas Borge to consider measures against rebel attacks.