A newborn and pregnant woman are among the 16 people killed in an attack on Numa village, Akwanga local government area of Nasarawa state, on Sunday.

Philip Gyunka, senator representing Nasarawa north, disclosed this to reporters on Monday.

He said the gunmen struck during a naming ceremony in the community on Sunday.

Gyunka said the parents of the newborn were also shot dead.

“The unfortunate thing is that both the celebrants- the father, mother and the boy were killed,” he said.

“A pregnant woman is involved in this attack. An aged person above 100 years is also involved in the attack. They did not spare women or children and this are the people that don’t have arms.”

Samuel Mashi, chairman of the local government, also spoke to NAN on the incident, saying it happened around 10pm.

“They just started shooting sporadically on a community that was just having merriment,” he said.

“Unfortunately 16 people were killed in cold blood for just no reason.”

The chairman said security had been beefed up in the affected community and environs to forestall reprisal attacks and further breakdown of law and order.