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Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York | Crime News


US police confirmed Rushdie suffered an “apparent stab wound” to the neck, but said his condition is unknown.

Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked as he was about to give a lecture in upstate New York.

Police said Rushdie was apparently stabbed in the neck Friday after an attacker assaulted him and an interviewer.

“Rushdie suffered a significant stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital. His condition is not yet known,” the New York State Police said in a statement.

“The interviewer sustained a minor head injury. A State Trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody.”

A reporter from the Associated Press news agency witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institute and begin to punch or stab Rushdie while he was being introduced. The author was taken or fell to the ground and the man was restrained.

Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it blasphemous. A year later, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued an edict calling for Rushdie’s death.

Iran has also offered a reward of more than $3 million for anyone who kills Rushdie. The Iranian government has long distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment lingered. In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation increased Rushdie’s pay from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.

Rushdie dismissed that threat at the time, saying there was “no evidence” that people were interested in the reward. That year, he published an autobiography, Joseph Anton, about the ordeal. The title came from the pseudonym Rushdie had used while in hiding.

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Rushdie rose to prominence with his 1981 Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight’s Children, but his name became known around the world after The Satanic Verses.

About 90 km southwest of Buffalo in a rural corner of New York, the Chautauqua Institute is known for its summer lectures. Rushdie has spoken there before.

The British-Indian author, who currently resides in the United States, was previously under police protection over threats to his life. He has published dozens of books. The United Kingdom knighted him in 2007, sparking protests in several countries in the Muslim world.

Advocates and politicians denounced the incident on Friday. Pen America, a writers’ association that promotes freedom of speech, formerly led by Rushdie, described the attack as a “premeditated attack.”

“PEN America is reeling with shock and horror at hearing of a brutal, premeditated attack on our former president and staunch ally, Salman Rushdie, who was reportedly stabbed multiple times while speaking onstage at the Chautauqua Institute in the state New York,” the group says. That says CEO Suzanne Nossel in a statement.

“We cannot think of a comparable incident of a public violent attack on a literary writer on American soil.”

US Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, who represents New York, called the attack on Rushdie a “terrible” attack on “freedom of speech and thought”.

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“I hope Mr Rushdie makes a speedy and full recovery and that the perpetrator experiences full responsibility and justice,” Schumer wrote on Twitter.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul also denounced the “horrific event” and said she ordered state police to “assist further with the investigation no matter what.”



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