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JK Rowling and Boris Johnson react to Salman Rushie stabbing in New York  


UK famous faces including JK Rowling and Boris Johnson have reacted with disbelief after Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck on stage in New York this morning.   

The Indian-born British author, 75, was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution when he was stabbed up to 15 times, including once in the neck. 

He was airlifted to hospital but his agent has not yet given an update on his condition. 

Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses, published in 1988, led to Iran issuing him with a fatwa – a legal opinion calling for his death – 33 years ago. 

British politicians, authors and notable faces rushed to express their thoughts and shocked reactions to the incident in upstate New York. 

Author Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed up to 15 times today

JK Rowling tweeted she 'is feeling sick' after hearing of the incident

Famous British authors and politicians, including JK Rowling (pictured right at the Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore premiere this year) have expressed their shock after Sir Salman Rushdie (pictured left in 2019) was stabbed on stage in New York this morning

The author was intending to give a speech at the Chautauqua Institution before he was stabbed up to 15 times, including once in the neck, after an attacker approached him from behind. Pictured: Rushdie being tended to at the scene



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