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ABC’s Christiane Amanpour said Wednesday that she and a crew came under attack from a “mob” on the same day CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported the same.
In a reporter’s notebook released by ABC News, Amanpour wrote that the attack occurred during an attempt to film on a bridge into Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
“An angry mob surrounded us and chased us into the car shouting that they hate America,” she reported. “They kicked in the car doors and broke our windshield as we drove away.”
Violence has escalated in Egypt as pro-Democracy demonstrates are clashing with supporters of embattled President Hosni Mubarak.
Amanpour anchored This Week from Cairo and continues to report from the region tonight for World News and Nightline. She has said that she is not sure when she’ll leave Egypt as the situation there is fluid.
Amanpour began anchoring ABC News’ This Week last summer with a personal mandate to bring more international coverage to the confines of Sunday morning political television. Invoking the late Peter Jennings as well as former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel, she cited the news division’s “international news pedigree.”
“It was sort of a no-brainer for all us at ABC News,” said Amanpour. “We made the decision very rapidly to send me here. I certainly feel for my program that it’s really important to cover the huge stories of the day no matter where they are — and to cover them on the ground where they’re happening rather than just to talk about them from afar.”
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