Police in Central Nigeria on Wednesday foiled an attempt by some youths to burn down a Church in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

The youths who were rioting over an alleged harassment of one of theirs in a Christian dominated part of Congo Russia community, located in the Northern part of the city reportedly shot a middle aged man.

The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tyopev Terna however could not confirm if the young man was actually shot.

When contacted, the Police spokesperson said the youths "injured" the victim whose name he gave as Mr. Danjuma.

The riots according to Mr. Terna broke out after a young lady identified as Miss Maureen was 'molested' by some 'hoodlums' believed to be Muslims.

In reaction, Christian youths according to him attempted apprehending the culprits leading to violent resistance by the Muslim youths in the area.

"As a result, the youths attempted to burn down a Catholic Church in the neighborhood but our men were drafted immediately to prevent any damages," Mr. Terna said.

Although the police spokesperson did not give details of the said molestation that led to the riots, sources in the area say the suspects waylaid their victim at about 8pm local time, robbing her of her cellphone.

As of the time of publishing this report, no arrest had been made but investigations had commenced as confirmed by the PPRO.

Meanwhile, one person has been shot dead and another injured following a gun attack on miners in Bat village of Foron district, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State.

The attack which occurred, Thursday evening was believed to have been carried out by Fulani herdsmen.

Sources say the herders went on rampage after their cattle reportedly went missing in the village.

Officials have not confirmed the incident.