Salman Rushdie, novelist who drew loss of life threats, is stabbed in neck at New York lecture

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NEW YORK (REUTERS) – Mr Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding after he was ordered killed by Iran in 1989 as a result of of his writing, was stabbed within the neck as he was about to present a lecture in New York state on Friday (Aug 12), based on police and an eyewitness.

A person rushed to the stage on the Chautauqua Establishment and attacked Mr Rushdie as he was being launched to present a speak on inventive freedom to an viewers of tons of, an eyewitness stated.

A State Trooper current on the occasion took the attacker into custody, police stated.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated Mr Rushdie was alive and “getting the care he wants.”

Mr Rushdie, 75, was taken by helicopter to a hospital however police stated his situation was not but identified.


Police didn’t give a motive for the assault and it was not clear what type of weapon was used.

The writer 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, based on a witness attending the lecture who requested to not be named.

Mr Rushdie, who was born into an Indian Muslim household, has confronted loss of life threats for his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims stated contained blasphemous passages.

The novel was banned in lots of nations with massive Muslim populations upon its 1988 publication.

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

Mr Rushdie went into hiding for a few years. The Iranian authorities stated in 1998 it could now not again the fatwa, and Mr Rushdie has lived comparatively brazenly lately.

Iranian organisations, some affiliated with the federal government, have raised a bounty value hundreds of thousands of {dollars} for Rushdie’s homicide. And Khomeini’s successor as Supreme Chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated as late as 2017 that the fatwa was nonetheless legitimate.

Mr Rushdie revealed a memoir about his life beneath the fatwa known as “Joseph Anton”, the pseudonym he used whereas beneath police safety. His new novel Victory Metropolis is as a consequence of be revealed in February.