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Anderson Cooper Attacked by Mob in Egypt

Anderson Cooper took one for the team this morning while covering the civil unrest in Egypt.
/ Source: E!online

Anderson Cooper took one for the team this morning while covering the civil unrest in Egypt.

The 43-year-old CNN anchor was surrounded and assaulted by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gathered near Cairo's Tahrir Square to try to quell protestors.

But Cooper just called in to CNN with an update. How's he doing now?

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"My team were set upon by the crowd," he explained from the balcony of a hotel, where he appeared to be safe. "There was no rhyme or reason to it, it was just people looking for a fight, looking to make a point, and punching us."

"Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration," CNN's coverage manager Steve Brusk tweeted earlier.

Cooper said he was banged-up and bruised, but otherwise not seriously injured.

He had flown into to Egypt on Saturday to cover the protests and his first tweet from the scene came on Monday: "Dramatic days here in Egypt. big demo in a few hours. phones likely to be cut."

Later that same day he noted via Twitter that the soldiers were making movement for him and his team to cover the demonstrations difficult.

"Some tense moments today. Protestors peaceful though, their optimism high."

Yesteday, Cooper interviewed Egyptian opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei. Afterwards, Cooper wrote that he and his team weren't getting any sleep.

"Getting punchy but can't stop with all the developments. Anyone have tips for staying awake for 4th day in a row?"

Going from punchy to punched--dude's definitely dedicated to his job.

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