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Lara Logan sexually assaulted in Egypt, CBS says

Correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square Friday while covering the celebration following the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, CBS News said Tuesday.

Here is the statement from the network:

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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 a 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.

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(Below: CBS News photo of Logan in Tahrir Square moments before she was assaulted.)

I confirmed the statement with a CBS News spokesman. Let this remind us of the tremendous risks some TV journalists take in bringing us news and information about events that shape our lives.


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