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Anderson Cooper and CNN Crew Attacked in Egypt

Anderson Cooper and his CNN crew escaped serious injury Wednesday after being attacked by a group of demonstrators in Egypt.

"The crowd kept growing and throwing more punches and kicks and trying to grab us," Cooper explained CNN's American Morning.

He was punched ten times in the head by a pro-Mubarak mob, according to producer Steve Brusk.

"It was pandemonium," he continued. "There was no control to it."

"We were trying to make our way to the no man land," he said, referring to a neutral location between the opposing groups. "We never made it that far. We were set upon by pro-Muburak supporters punching us in the face."

"The instinct is to try to punch or push back, but you really can't in a situation like that. That inflames the crowd even more. All we could do was walk as quickly as possible and stay together and seek a safe location."

He said one attacker "tried to break the camera, they didn't want any pictures taken. Frankly, we weren't even taking pictures with the big camera. I was using a Flip camera, which they didn't notice."

"But the big camera - they were trying to grab it. We immediately started to turn around because we realized the situation would get very bad very quickly."

Cooper landed in the country on Sunday to cover the protests against President Hosni Mubarak.

See the two reports he Anderson Cooper filed following the incident below:

February 3, 2011 |

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