As a Western journalist covering the resignation of then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was reportedly attacked by a mob of protesters while she and her crew navigated through the crowds in Cairo on Feb. 11.
According to a statement released by CBS News Tuesday, 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." After Logan was separated from the rest of her CBS crew, she was brutally attacked, the network confirmed.
The full statement describes Logan's horrifying ordeal:
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.
Before relocating her crew to Cairo where the attack took place, Logan delivered this report from Alexandria where she lent a sympathetic ear to protesters and their anti-Mubarak message: