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ABC correspondent on Egypt threats: ‘It was terrifying. We really thought we were finished.’

In addition to Christiane Amanpour‘s off-camera interview with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak — the first since the choas in his country began — last night’s one-hour “Nightline” explored the violence against journalists over the last 48 hours. Anchor David Muir talked with CNN’s Anderson Cooper as well as an ABC News crew that was threatened with beheading by pro-Mubarak supporters as they drove from the airport to downtown Cairo.

“He was so angry at the perceived media bias,” said correspondent/producer Brian Hartman of one of his attackers. “He said so help me God, I will cut off your head.”

“It was terrifying. We really thought we were finished.”

Muir’s story after the jump…

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ABC News Crew Threatened with Beheading; CBS’ Lara Logan Detained

More U.S. journalists are finding themselves caught in the middle of the chaos in Cairo.

ABC News reports a group of Egyptian men carjacked a crew from ABC and threatened to behead them today. Correspondent Brian Hartman, cameraman Akram Abi-hanna and two other ABC News employees were surrounded on a road from Cairo’s airport to the downtown area. ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said, “We are assessing the security situation literally on a minute to minute basis. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all of our staff in the field.”

Meanwhile, TIME reports, CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan has been detained along with her crew by Egyptian police outside Israel’s embassy in Cairo. Says a CBS News spokesperson, “For security reasons CBS will not be commenting on, or revealing in any way, CBS personnel activity, movement or location.”

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