Anderson Cooper has been attacked by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, reports CNN.
ANDERSON COOPER, the CNN newsreader and television presenter, was set upon by a pro-Mubarak gang and 'punched in the head ten times', according to journalist Steve Brusk.
Brusk used his Twitter page to report the attack which took place today (2nd February 2011), his first message read, "Chilling description on air now from @andersoncooper of mob roughing up him and his team near Liberation Square". Later he revealed further details of the assault, saying, "Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration". 43-year-old Cooper confirmed the attack when he spoke on 'American Morning' today. He said that he had tried to reach a neutral zone between two sets of protestors, adding, "We never got that far. We were set upon by pro-Mubarak supporters punching us in the head. The crowd kept growing, kept throwing punches, kicks...suddenly a young man would look at you and punch you in the face".
Yesterday, the embattled President Mubarak bowed to the pressure and signalled his intention to stand down at the next election, sparking joy and elation from some sections of society, and furious protests from his supporters.