An Irish missionary nun has been injured in an assault at a convent in the Philippines, it has been reported.
According to the 'Sun Star' the victim was serving at the San Jose Parish Church in Midsalip town in the Zamboanga region when the attack took place.
Zamboanga del Sur Police Director Sofronio Ecaldre told the newspaper the victim was about to close the window of the convent shortly before 9.30pm yesterday when she was attacked by an unidentified person.
Mr Ecaldre said the nun told them that the man, who was wearing a mask, tried to cover her mouth and punched her in the face and chest.
She sustained multiple injuries and fell to the ground unconscious.
Police said the victim was hospitalised.
The investigation is ongoing to identify the person responsible for the attack.
The Irish Independent has attempted to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Filipino police.