‘TV reporter was sexually assaulted in Cairo’

A female CBS News correspondent was recovering in a US hospital from a sexual attack and beating she sustained while reporting on the tumultuous events in Cairo.

Updated: Feb 16, 2011, 10:27 AM IST

New York: A female CBS News correspondent
was recovering in a US hospital from a sexual attack and
beating she sustained while reporting on the tumultuous events
in Cairo.

Lara Logan was in Egypt`s Tahrir Square on Friday
after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down when she,
her team and their security "were surrounded by a dangerous
element amidst the celebration," CBS said in a statement
yesterday.
The network described a mob of more than 200 people
"whipped into a frenzy."

Separated from her crew in the crush of the violent
pack, she suffered what CBS called "a brutal and sustained
sexual assault and beating."

She was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20
Egyptian soldiers, the network said.

The Associated Press does not name victims of a sexual
assault unless the victim agrees to it.

She reconnected with the CBS team and returned to the
US on Saturday.

The attack on Logan, CBS News` chief foreign affairs
correspondent, is one of at least 140 others suffered by
reporters covering the unrest in Egypt since January 30,
according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
An Egyptian reporter died from gunshot wounds he
received during the protests.

A week before Friday`s attack, Logan was detained by
the Egyptian military for a day, along with two CBS cameramen.

They returned to the US after their release, and Logan
went back to Cairo shortly before Mubarak left.

Logan joined CBS News in 2002. She regularly reports
for the "CBS Evening News" as well as "60 Minutes," where she
has been a correspondent since 2006.

She has reported widely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and
other global trouble spots.

CBS said it had no further comment on Logan`s assault.

PTI