Indian-born author Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times on Friday during an event in New York. Rushdie suffered a stab wound to his neck and was airlifted to a hospital, police officials said.
A video footage of the incident showed people rushing to Salman Rushdie’s aid after he was attacked at the event in Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua.
Here are the top developments:
1) A man ran up onto stage and attacked Salman Rushdie at an event in western New York state on Friday morning.
“A male suspect ran up onto stage at a speaking event and attacked Salman Rushdie and an interviewer at 11 am (local time), today in Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua. Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to his neck & was transported by helicopter to a hospital,” New York State Police said after the attack.
2) As per a report by the Associated Press, a man confronted Rushdie on stage at the Chautauqua Institution and began punching or stabbing him 10 to 15 times as he was being introduced. The 75-year-old author was pushed or fell to the floor.
3) The attacker was arrested by the police. The motive behind the attack is not yet known.
4) Rushdie was taken by helicopter to a hospital, state police said. His condition was not immediately known. Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York State, said, “He is alive and has been transported, airlifted, to safety… The event moderator was attacked as well; he’s getting the care he needs at a local hospital.”
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5) The Chautauqua Institution, where the attack took place, is located about 55 miles southwest of Buffalo in a rural corner of New York.
6) Salman Rushdie was propelled into the spotlight with his second novel Midnight’s Children in 1981.He won international praise and Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for its portrayal of post-independence India in Midnight’s Children.
7) But the Booker Prize winner soon found himself at the receiving end of death threats over his book The Satanic Verses. The book, which many Muslims consider to be blasphemous, has been banned in Iran, where the late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.
8) A bounty of over $3 million has also been offered for anyone who kills Rushdie.
9) The death threats and bounty forced Salman Rushdie to go into hiding. He spent nearly a decade in hiding, moving houses repeatedly and being unable to tell his children where he lived. Salman Rushdie only began to emerge from this forced seclusion in the late 1990s after Iran in 1998 said it would not support his assassination.
10) Following the attack on Salman Rushdie, Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen tweeted, “ I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.”