TRIPOLI, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Nine militants were killed and more than 10 others injured in clashes between the Libyan eastern-based army and extremists in the eastern city of Darna, medical source said Tuesday.
"The emergency department received nine dead militants and more than 10 injured, ... and the hospital did not receive any more casualties after 19:35 local time (1735 GMT)," a source of Al-Wahda hospital of Darna told Xinhua.
An army spokesman on Tuesday said the army has captured 21 terrorists after making significant progress in the south of the city.
The spokesman also said the arrested terrorists descent from six foreign nationalities, and confirmed that the army is "proceeding with a steady and orderly pace towards the liberation of Darna from terrorism."
The army is launching a military operation to take over Darna from the extremists who control the coastal city.
Since 2015, Darna has been besieged by Haftar's army, which demands that the Shura Council of the Mujahideen in Darna, a coalition of Islamist militias seeking to implement Sharia law in the city, leave. The army accuses the armed group of being loyal to al-Qaida.