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Anderson Cooper Attacked By Mob in Egypt

Posted Wednesday February 2, 2011 10:42 AM GMT

With the Middle Eastern country overwhelmed with turmoil, Anderson Cooper became the victim of a mob attack in Egypt on Wednesday (February 2).

Of the violence befalling the U.S. news journalist, CNN producer Steve Brusk tweeted, "Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration."

Desperate to escape the brutality, Cooper is said to have escaped the mob by making his way to a nearby building's rooftop before bravely going back on the air to tell viewers that he and his team were attempting to find a neutral zone when thaey "were set upon by pro-Mubarak supporters punching us in the head. The crowd kept growing, kept throwing punches, kicks...suddenly a young man would look at you and punch you in the face."

Anderson added that the attackers "pushed and shoved the CNN crew and punched them in the head... but no one was seriously hurt."

The incident occurred as 43-year-old is in Egypt to cover ongoing protests aimed at controversial President Hosni Mubarak.

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