Anderson Cooper Attacked by Mob in Egypt

Celebrity News Feb. 2, 2011 AT 10:22AM
Anderson Cooper Attacked by Mob in Egypt Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

CNN's Anderson Cooper and his camera crew were the victims of a vicious attack in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday.

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The news anchor, 43, and his team were besieged by an angry mob of pro-government forces -- supporters of Egypt's controversial President Mubarak -- near the ancient city's Tahrir Square.

"My team were set upon by the crowd," Cooper said on CNN this morning via telephone (as reported by Gawker). "There was no rhyme or reason to it--it was just people looking for a fight, looking to make a point, and punching us."

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A Twitter post reports that Anderson was punched ten times in the head. Cooper, who is reportedly alright despite the attack, added that the crowd unsuccessfully attempted to take his crew's camera.

Violence has escalated in Egypt over the past several days as many have called for Mubarak to step down from his post immediately.

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