Hezbollah chief has no immediate comment on Rushdie stabbing

A poster depicting Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is placed in Yaroun, southern Lebanon, August 13, 2022. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

BEIRUT, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The head of Lebanon's pro-Iran group Hezbollah said on Friday he had no immediate comment on the stabbing attack against Indian-born author Salman Rushdie in the United States because the group was still gathering information.

Speaking in a televised address, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah added that he saw an "urgent need" for his group to make a statement on the attack, which has been blamed on a 24-year-old American citizen of Lebanese origin.

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Reporting by Maya Gebeily Editing by Gareth Jones

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