Anderson Cooper Attacked in Egypt

by 5:57 AM PST, February 02, 2011
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As protesters clash in Egypt, CNN is reporting that reporter Anderson Cooper was attacked and "hit in the head several times" on Wednesday.

The intrepid "Anderson Cooper 360" anchor himself reported that "the crowd set upon us" and that he and his crew were "kicked and punched pretty well … before the mob forced us to seek safety." He added that the crowd was "very violent," with "people looking for a fight." Cooper appears to be okay, as he continues to report from the chaos of the uprising on the streets from a rooftop vantage point.

Cooper later tweeted, "Got roughed up by thugs in pro-mubarak crowd..punched and kicked repeatedly. Had to escape. Safe now."

The new wave of violence comes in the wake of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak calling for calm and announcing that he would not run for re-election in the September vote. Pro-Mubarak demonstrators are now facing off against anti-government protesters, with the army reportedly failing to step in to stop the violence.

Stay tuned for more details on this developing story.