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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese condemns ‘cowardly’ stabbing attack on Salmon Rushdie in New York

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has condemned a stabbing attack on author Salman Rushdie, which has left him in a serious condition.

Mr Rushdie was just about to address a free speech event in New York State on why the US should help writers in exile when the man leaped from the audience and then stabbed and punched the 75-year-old.

He was flown to a hospital where he was placed on a ventilator and is understood to be unable to speak and may lose an eye. Another man was also injured.

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