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Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York

  • Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York
    Rushdie faced death threats and went into hiding for nearly a decade after his book The Satanic Verses was published in 1988 Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York
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Rushdie faced death threats and went into hiding for nearly a decade after his book The Satanic Verses was published in 1988

Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck Friday by a man who rushed the stage as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

A bloodied Rushdie, 75, was flown to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was undergoing surgery, but he had no other details.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man confront Rushdie on stage at the Chautauqua Institution and punch or stab him 10 to 15 times as he was being introduced. The author was pushed or fell to the floor, and the man was arrested.

Authorities did not immediately identify the attacker or offer any information on his motive.

State police said Rushdie was apparently stabbed in the neck. Gov. Kathy Hochul said later that he was alive and “getting the care he needs.”

Dr. Martin Haskell, a physician who was among those who rushed to help, described Rushdie’s wounds as “serious but recoverable.”