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An American Correspondent Was Sexually Attacked in Egypt

February 16, 2011, 6:46 am GMT

Lara Logan was reporting on the pro-democracy demonstrations from the front line in Cairo on Friday, February 11 when she was savagely sexually assaulted.

Lara Logan

A correspondent for American TV network CBS is in hospital after she was savagely sexually assaulted on Friday, February 11 while reporting on the unrest in Egypt. CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was reporting on the pro-democracy demonstrations from the front line in Cairo in the lead up to President Hosni Mubarak's dramatic decision to step down after 30 years.

According to a statement from the network, Logan and her team were surrounded by a "dangerous element amidst the celebration" in Cairo's Tahrir Square as the mob were whipped into a frenzy following the news of the president's resignation.

Logan was separated from her crew and "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating". She was saved by a group of women and 20 Egyptian soldiers. She returned to her hotel and flew straight back to the U.S. on Saturday, February 12 and she is currently receiving hospital treatment.

She wasn't the only American news reporter attacked while reporting on the protests - CNN newsman Anderson Cooper was punched and kicked by protesters while he was attempting to file a report. The brave newsman refused to fly home immediately after his attack and filed the rest of his reports about the unrest from an undisclosed location.

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