“The news is not good,” the author’s agent, Andrew Wylie, said in an emailed update. He said Mr. Rushdie might lose an eye and his liver had been damaged. The celebrated author, who has long faced death threats, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a 24-year old New Jersey man. A motive was...
”Several witnesses said the attacker was able to reach Mr. Rushdie easily, running onstage and approaching him from behind. “There was just one attacker,” said Elisabeth Healey, 75, who was in the audience. “He was dressed in black. He had a loose black garment on. He ran with lightning speed over to him.”
“A representative for the Iranian interests section at the embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C., which diplomatically represents the government of Iran in the United States, declined to comment on the attack. “We are not getting involved in this," said the representative, who declined to give his name before he hung up.”
Rushdie is in surgery after he was stabbed in the neck as he prepared to give speech in Chautauqua, in upstate New York
"We ask for your prayers for Salman Rushdie and Henry Reese, and patience as we fully focus on coordinating with police officials following a tragic incident at the Amphitheater today. All programs are canceled for the remainder of the day. Please consult the NYS Police statement"
Henry Reece was the moderator who was also injured. Said to be a minor head injury
Author Salman Rushdie, who suffered years of Islamist death threats after writing The Satanic Verses, has been attacked on stage in New York state.
The Booker Prize winner, 75, was speaking at an event at the Chautauqua Institution at the time.
New York State Police said a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Mr Rushdie and an interviewer.
"Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck," the police statement said. Witnesses told US media he was stabbed multiple times in the neck and torso area, and appeared to fall backwards as he tried to move away from the assailant.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul told a press conference about an hour later that Mr Rushdie was alive.
JUST IN: Author Salman Rushdie's alleged attacker has been identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, officials say. Rushdie was stabbed "at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen." https://abcn.ws/3dm9nJH
The alleged attacker of Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua County is Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey, a law enforcement official told FOX3 He is currently in New York State Police custody while Rushdie is hospitalized.