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Author Stabbed on Stage at New York Event, Airlifted to Hospital; Suspect in Police Custody

taken into custody by the police.

The author fell to the ground and sustained a stab wound to the neck. Video footage shows people rushing to save Rushdie from the attack.

The man also attacked an interviewer who was onstage.

New York State Police, releasing a statement on Twitter, said they are investigating the attack on Rushdie ahead of a speaking engagement.

Rushdie was taken to a hospital by helicopter, but his condition is not yet known, police said. The police statement gave no motive for the attack.

Police gave details and said the incident happened at about 11 a.m. when a male suspect ran onto the stage and assaulted Rushdie 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 interviewer sustained a minor head injury.”

A State Trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene, police said.

The author, now 75, was born into an Indian Muslim family and achieved international fame after writing ‘Midnight’s Children’ in 1981, which won international acclaim and the prestigious British Booker Prize for his portrayal of India after independence.

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 a fatwa or edict demanding the death of Rushdie. Iran has also offered a reward of more than $3 million for anyone who kills Rushdie.

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(with input from agencies)

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