Two abducted soldiers and four civilians have been rescued in Rivers State.

The six were rescued at a kidnappers' camp by troops of the Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta region in a code-named exercise, "Operation Delta Safe".

The soldiers were said to have been kidnapped while in transit for banking services in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of the state.

During the operation,  suspected militants engaged the troops in a gun duel, leading to casualties on the side of the militants, while others escaped with gunshot injuries.

Human skulls and bones were reportedly recovered during the raid of the kidnappers’ camp.

Spokesman of the joint force , Major Ibrahim Abdullahi, announced the feat in a statement issued in Yenagoa.

He said the feat was achieved following a distress call received by the joint force on Sept. 18.

“Operation DELTA SAFE received a report of kidnap of two soldiers while in transit for banking services in ONELGA, Rivers on Sept.18.

“Troops were immediately mobilised, swung into action and discovered a militant camp with several shrines in a forest at Obiozimini Community in Rivers.

“On approach, the suspected militants/cultists opened fire on the troops who subsequently engaged them with superior fire power.

“Troops’ superior firepower led to casualties on the side of suspected kidnappers while others escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds into an adjoining forest.

“The operation successfully rescued the two abducted personnel.

“Further search of the campsite led to the rescue of four more civilians that were earlier kidnapped including a lady,’’ Abdullahi said.

He said items discovered in the camp and shrines included three pump action guns, eight empty cartridges a human skull and some bones.

“The camp and shrines were subsequently destroyed while the rescued victims were evacuated to one of our medical facilities in the area. 

“In order to arrest the perpetrators of this heinous crime, troops are trailing the criminals who fled into the forest.

“The public are kindly requested to provide any useful information to identify these criminals and their whereabouts in order to face justice,’’ Abdullahi said