Libyan officials say LNA forces fighting ISIS in south

More than a dozen extremists killed over the past three days.
Sunday 16/06/2019
Haftar (R) meeting with Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel (L), at Haftar's office in the Rajma military, base 25 kilometres east of Libya's second city of Benghazi May 29, 2019. (AFP)
Haftar (R) meeting with Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel (L), at Haftar's office in the Rajma military, base 25 kilometres east of Libya's second city of Benghazi May 29, 2019. (AFP)

Libyan officials say Libyan National Army (LNA) forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar are pursuing Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the country's south, killing more than a dozen extremists over the past three days.

The officials said Sunday that the Libyan National Army began its attack on a militant hideout in the mountainous area of Haruj earlier this week. 

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The LNA media centre said Friday that the ISIS extremists were responsible for recent attacks in southern areas.

In its propaganda outlets, ISIS acknowledged the ongoing LNA attack and claimed to have killed and wounded dozens of LNA troops.

LNA forces have launched a military offensive in early April aimed at taking the capital, Tripoli, from a United Nations-aligned but weak administration that is backed by an array of militias and extremist formations. 

(AP)