An under 5 year old baby is currently battling to survive at the Keffi General hospital, Nasarawa State following an overnight attack, Thursday on a fishing community in Central Nigeria's Benue State.

The baby whose identity has yet to be verified was reportedly shot by herdsmen during a gun attack in Agatu village, around the boundaries of Nasarawa and Benue States.

The baby's father was reportedly killed two weeks ago in a similar attack at the same location.

A nursing mother said to have been shot in the chest is also being treated at the same hospital along with two other victims of the attack.

About 14 people were said to have been killed in the attack which occurred at about 12am.

The armed assailants reportedly opened fire at late night fishers and fled without a trace.

One family lost about eight members, it was learnt.

Mr. Collins Edache, a member of the affected family said in a telephone interview that the four currently receiving treatment are equally of the same family.

Security authorities according to him had gone to take assessment of the scene but had yet to give any report on the whereabouts of the attackers.

Agatu has for the past three years suffered deadly attacks leading to hundreds of deaths.

Officials have attributed the attacks to political interests but locals blame herdsmen from the Fulani tribes.

The Benue State Government last two years passed a law banning open grazing to check violent conflicts between herders and farmers.

The law was widely criticised across the country especially the Northern region.

Some Fulani groups had threatened to ground the State if the government failed to stand down the implementation of the law.

Military authorities have also blamed the persisting attacks in the State on the restrictive laws.