Novelist Salman Rushdie stabbed, wounded on stage at New York occasion

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CHAUTAUQUA, New York: Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who was ordered killed by Iran in 1989 as a result of of his writing, was attacked on stage at an occasion in New York and suffered an obvious stab wound to the neck, in line with New York State Police and an eyewitness.

A person rushed to the stage on the Chautauqua Establishment in western New York state and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer as he was being launched, a watch witness stated. A State Trooper current on the occasion took the attacker into custody, police stated.

Rushdie was taken by helicopter to a hospital however his situation was not but recognized, whereas the interviewer suffered a minor head damage, police stated.

“We’re coping with an emergency state of affairs,” a Chautauqua Establishment spokesperson stated when contacted by Reuters.

Rushdie fell to the flooring when the person attacked him, and was then surrounded by a small group of people that held up his legs, seemingly to ship extra blood to his higher physique, because the attacker was restrained, in line with a witness attending the lecture who requested to not be named.


Rushdie, who was born into an Indian Muslim household, has confronted dying threats for his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses,” which some Muslims stated contained blasphemous passages. The novel was banned in lots of international locations with massive Muslim populations upon its 1988 publication.

A 12 months later, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran’s supreme chief, pronounced a fatwa, or spiritual edict, calling upon Muslims to kill the novelist for blasphemy.

Rushdie went into hiding for a few years. The Iranian authorities later backed away from the order and Rushdie has lived comparatively brazenly in recent times. Iranian organizations, nevertheless, have raised a bounty price thousands and thousands of {dollars} for Rushdie’s homicide.

Rushdie was on the Chautauqua Establishment to participate in a dialogue in regards to the United States serving as asylum for writers and artists in exile and “as a house for freedom of inventive expression,” in line with the establishment’s web site.

The Wylie Company, which represents Rushdie, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.