ALGIERS, July 13 (Xinhua) -- A roadside bomb killed three Algerian soldiers and four municipal guards on Saturday in the province of Sidi Bel Abbes, 400 km western Algiers, APS news agency reported on Sunday, citing a statement of the Defense Ministry.
The bomb attack was targeting a convoy of municipal guards that were under the army protection, according to the statement.
The four killed municipal guards belonged to a militia formed by the government in 1994 at the height of the country's devastating decade-long civil war to fight Islamist militants.
In another deadly attack in April, 11 soldiers were killed in an ambush claimed by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in the restive Kabylie region.
Currently, the military has launched a wide-scale combing in the region, and such an attack would not thwart the nation's determination to clamp down on terrorism, the statement added.
Terror attacks in the western region of Algeria are very rare, as the majority of acts occur on the troubled borders with Mali and Libya.