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CBS News Reporter Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted By Egyptian Protesters

During Friday's celebration in Cairo's Tahrir Square, CBC News and 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan got separated from her camera crew and was beaten and sexually assaulted by protesters. The attack reportedly happened moments after the photo in this post was taken.
"A dangerous element" in the crowd surrounded Logan and her crew, said CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco. "It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy. In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew," he said in a statement Tuesday. "She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers." Logan went home to the United States on the first flight Saturday and is recovering in a hospital, Tedesco said. CBS, where Logan is chief foreign correspondent, said there would be no further comment about the attack and Logan asked for privacy. At least 140 reporters have been injured or killed covering Egypt since Jan. 30, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Logan and her camera crew had been held at gunpoint by Mubarak's security forces on February 2nd, after which they were ejected from the country. Yet she returned last week to continue covering the revolution.

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