They were part of “a bloody terrorist organization which attacked our forces in the same region on July 17, 2015, ” the ministry said in a statement.
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for that attack.
Army troops on Friday seized three Kalashnikov machine guns, six magazines with ammunition, three grenades, two pairs of binoculars, and a quantity of supplies, the statement added.
Algerian army troops often conduct military operations in Ain Defla, a region troubled by terrorist groups. Enditem