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Salman Rushdie: Author attacked with knife on stage

Salman Rushdie
Author attacked on stage with a knife

Salman Rushdie was attacked at an event.

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Author Salman Rushdie was stabbed and stabbed on stage at an event. His condition is unclear.

The writer Salman Rushdie (75) was attacked on stage during a literary event in the United States. The Indian-British author of the “Satanic Verses” fell to the ground in the assassination attempt in upstate New York, as can be seen in pictures.

As the “New York Times” claims to have learned from eyewitnesses, the author was stabbed several times. After first aid was given on stage, Rushdie was flown to a hospital in a helicopter. His current condition is unclear the police speaks of at least one stab wound in the neck.

The author, who was going to give a lecture on artistic freedom, had just got on the stage and was being introduced when the assailant rushed over to him. According to eyewitnesses, he ran “at lightning speed” towards the writer and attacked him with his fists and a knife until he was overpowered by several people. The interviewer also suffered a serious head injury. The incident happened around 11 am, around 5 pm local time.

Was the attacker Islamist?

The alleged attacker was arrested by a police officer present at the event. His motive is not yet clear, but could be related to the author’s work. Rushdie was under police protection long after Iran called for his assassination because of his book The Satanic Verses. Even today, an organization in Iran is offering a reward of three million dollars for his death.

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