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Jeremy Bowen 'embarrassed by shooting'

B ANTHONY BARNES

The BBC's Middle East reporter Jeremy Bowen has admitted he found it "embarrassing" to become the focus of attention when he was shot earlier this month.

The 53-year-old was injured when shotgun pellets hit the side of his head and leg as he covered the unfolding violence in the Egyptian city of Cairo.

Writing in the Radio Times, he pointed out he had a "lucky escape" but felt uncomfortable about featuring in the news himself because he had always been trained to keep his own experiences out of his own reports.

He said: "However interesting I might think my own experiences are on any given day, the news is about other people.

"It has been a bit embarrassing, then, to find myself, for a brief moment, part of the story from the Middle East." Bowen said he was only "lightly wounded" when he was caught in the blast from a shotgun fired by an Egyptian army soldier.

He writes in the Radio Times that it would have been "absurd" to pretend nothing had happened when he came to broadcast that night after word of his injury spread, but he chose to let it illustrate the events which were happening around him.

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