The troops, who were earlier ambushed, engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel and eventually subdued them and rescued one kidnap victim held hostage in their den.
A statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations said the ongoing operation would be sustained until criminality was subdued.
Usman said “the troops during raids, cordon and search operations as part of the training exercise, have also discovered and destroyed 52 illegal refineries and refinery cooking pots in Krakrama, Bille and Better land community general area.
“The troops discovered six refining cooking pots at Better Land community which unfortunately could not be destroyed instantly because of proximity to the community.”
“They also recovered two high powered Engine boats, 10 empty drums and 1 pumping machine. Plans for destroying the illegal refinery with Swamp Buggy is in progress,” he added.