A 96-year-old woman has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital following an aggravated burglary in Co Donegal this morning.

A man wearing dark clothing and a balaclava had entered her house in Aghilly through the kitchen window.

He went into her bedroom where she was sleeping and demanded money.

He assaulted the woman, punched her in the ribs, gagged her and left with her handbag, which contained some money and bank cards.

The woman alerted gardaí by activating her panic button at 12.30am.

Two men wearing dark clothes and speaking with local accents were seen leaving the area afterwards and heading in the direction of Tullydish.

The woman was taken to hospital for observation, but her injuries are not thought to be serious.