Robert Fisk, the British journalist who writes for The Independent was travelling through Afghanistan when his car broke down:

[Fisk] got out of the vehicle and was attempting to push it to the side of the road when a group of 40 to 50 people gathered. “At first they were reasonably friendly but then a little kid threw a stone at me. More stones followed and then I find myself being punched and beaten in the face. “My glasses were smashed and my spare glasses were ripped away from me. I was covered in blood and couldn’t see anything. I was obviously frightened.” Mr Fisk said he fought back and began lashing out at the mob, whose numbers had now swelled to about 100. He knocked a couple of his attackers to the ground but was then rescued by a Muslim religious leader, who forced the mob back and guided him to a police wagon. “Without his intervention I would now be dead,” he said. But Mr Fisk said he could understand the refugees’ anger, as many had relatives who had been killed by the US bombing of Afghan city Kandahar last week. “It doesn’t excuse them for beating me up so badly but there was a real reason why they should hate Westerners so much. “I don’t want this to be seen as a Muslim mob attacking a Westerner for no reason. They had every reason to be angry – I’ve been an outspoken critic of the US actions myself. If I had been them, I would have attacked me.”

UK journalist beaten by Afghan mob

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