An 83-year-old American nun was on Tuesday kidnapped in Burkina Faso.
The armed men took her from a nunnery where they vandalised rooms and sabotaged a vehicle, the bishop of the northern Kaya diocese said.
A search operation is underway for the nun who had served in the parish since October 2014.
Attacks on civilians have increased in the area bordering the Soum province where armed groups are active.
In recent years, terrorists have kidnapped a number of foreign nationals in northern Burkina Faso and other parts of the Sahel.