Bert Sundström reporting from Cairo, Photo: SVT.
"will recover completely" from lung and head injuries

Swedish reporter describes Cairo attack

Updated 4:45 PM

Swedish Television News (SVT) reporter Bert Sundström has been able for the first time to describe what happened when he was attacked and stabbed in Cairo Thursday.

He told SVT Foreign News editor Ingrid Thörnqvist Sunday morning that had just left his hotel when he was stopped by what are described as a “mob-like group in civilian clothes”. He tried to avoid them, but they followed him and struck him down. After that, he says, he remembers nothing until he woke up in a hospital.

When SVT tried to call Sundström Thursday, his mobile phone was answered by someone speaking Arabic, who said the reporter was in the hands of the Egyptian military. More than 100 journalists, both foreign and Egyptian, were attacked in Cairo Thursday, by what the pro-democracy demonstrators say were plainclothes police and others in the pay of the Mubarak regime.

Sundström is still in a Cairo hospital, with lung and head injuries, which are not life-threatening. His doctor there says he will make a complete recovery. SVT’s Olov Carlsson tells the TT news that as soon as Sundström’s condition permits he’ll be brought home to Sweden, probably in an air ambulance.

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