CBS News' Lara Logan Was Attacked, Sexually Assaulted In Egypt

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CBS News says this image of correspondent Lara Logan was taken in Tahrir Square shortly before she was assaulted.

The correspondent was covering the events in Tahrir Square on Friday when she got separated from her team and was surrounded, the network says. She's recovering in a U.S. hospital.

CBS News' correspondent Lara Logan suffered "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" last Friday in Cairo and is now in a U.S. hospital recovering, the network says.

Here's the statement CBS has posted on its website and forwarded to reporters at other news outlets:

"On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS Correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 Minutes story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy.

"In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

"There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time."

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