Fresh explosions and gunfire have been reported in Bukuru area of the Plateau state capital city of Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria said an Improvised Explosive Device was reportedly hurled on to a street near a local school. The assailants are unknown, but security agents reportedly engaged them in an exchange of gunfire following the attack.
Residents in the area told Channels Television that the Islamic school in the Bukuru area appeared to be the target of the attacks.
The state governor’s spokesman, Pam Ayuba confirmed the incident took place this morning and said there were no confirmed casualties yet.
However, eye witnesses and one military source said one young person was killed in the attack.
Military spokesman, Salihu Mustapha, who also confirmed the attack, said “someone opened fire on some innocents… one of the bullets hit a child.”
Plateau state has witnessed several violent attacks in recent weeks. Raids on mainly Christian communities in Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs left over 100 dead, including two top government officials. The attacks were first believed to be the work of Fulani herdsmen, but were later claimed by the radical Boko Haram sect.
The wave of violence has prompted a crackdown by security forces, with some villages being evacuated in the course of investigations.