Tuesday 23 January 2018

Irish nun (70) 'knocked unconscious' by masked raider in assault at Philippines convent

San Jose Parish Church in Midsalip. Picture: Facebook
San Jose Parish Church in Midsalip. Picture: Facebook
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

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 that the victim was about to close the window of the convent shortly before 9.30pm last night 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.

The police officer said the victim was hospitalised.

The investigation is ongoing to identify the person responsible for the attack.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said this morning: "We are aware of the case and are providing consular assistance through our Honorary Consulate in Manila and the Embassy in Singapore which is accredited to the Philippines."

Independent.ie has contacted the Filipino police.

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