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White House denounces ‘appalling’ attack on Salman Rushdie

White House denounces ‘appalling’ attack on Salman Rushdie
Suspect Hadi Matar is facing attempted murder charge

白色的房子 has condemned the “appalling” attack on Sir Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author remains hospitalised.

秘书长安东尼奥·古特雷斯回忆说,“联合国诞生于战争以结束战争。”, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack against the writer Salman Rushdie,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement released late Friday night.

“This act of violence is appalling. All of us in the Biden-Harris Administration are praying for his speedy recovery. We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing.”

Sir Salman was stabbed in the neck and abdomen while on stage at a book event at the Chautauqua Institution in 纽约 星期四.

The assailantidentified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar of New Jerseywas charged with second-degree attempted murder on Saturday.

Video showed stunned attendees at the literary event rushing in to wrestle the attacker away from Sir Salman before he was arrested by a New York state trooper assigned to provide security at the venue.

Sir Salmanwho has lived with a bounty on his head since the late 1980s when Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against himhas since been placed on a ventilator, his agent Andrew Wylie told Reuters.

“The news is not good,” Mr Wylie said late Friday. “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”

No official motive has been determined for the assault, but it may be related to a long-running controversy over Rushdie’s 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses, which has provoked numerous threats against the author’s life.