UPDATE 1: According to emergency officials, explosion and gunfire shook an area around an Islamic school in Zaria, Kaduna state Sunday, leaving two suspected attackers dead and others wounded.
“It’s close to a boarding school called Albani,” National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushau Shuaib said.
“Two suspects were killed. The innocent victims that were injured were taken to hospital.”
Two of the presumed attackers were killed when they exchanged gunfire with security forces after the explosion, he said.
A powerful explosion has occurred at an area close to the Guest House of the Emir of Zaria in Tukur-Tukur area of Zaria.
Eyewitnesses said a powerful explosion occurred in an area already cordoned off by security agents in the city.
Earlier, gunshots rang out in the area as an unidentified Islamic cleric house and nearby Mosque was raided by troops as a result of intelligence gathered by the Joint Task Force that a group linked with Islamist militant group Boko Haram was planning a major attack on churches early Sunday.
Today’s explosion happened some five minutes drive from a series of churches where some christian worshippers were killed and wounded in major bomb attacks in June.
A church leader told Saharareporters that they were tipped off to the effect that Boko Haram sect members had arrived the city of Zaria with a massive car bomb since Friday.Tt
There are no reports of casualties on the scene of today’s explosion as at the time of publishing this report