Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lara Logan of CBS News Attacked in Egypt

Lara Logan, a correspondent of CBS News was reported by several news outfits to have "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault” while she was covering the hostilities in Egypt which resulted to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

CBS News Network released an official statement:

“On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. 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. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.”

The CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent together with her crew were also detained by Egyptian soldiers and Lara described it as "a very frightening experience and one that was repeated throughout the day for us."

Lara Logan, 39, is expected to be released from hospital on Wednesday.

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