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Salman Rushdie Attacked: New York Guv Says Author 'Alive', Airlifted to Hospital; Suspect in Police Custody

Author Salman Rushdie was attacked in a literary event in New York

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Last Updated: August 12, 2022, 22:05 IST

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Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie was on Friday attacked during an event in Chautauqua County in New York and suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck. Rushdie, whose controversial writings made him the target of a fatwa that forced him into hiding, was attacked by a man as he was being introduced to give a talk on artistic freedom, an eyewitness said. The attacker was immediately taken into police custody. He was alive and Read More

Aug 13, 2022 00:04 IST

Shocked and Appalled: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “Shocked and appalled to hear of the unprovoked and senseless attack on Sir Salman Rushdie. Freedom of expression is a value we hold dear and attempts to undermine it must not be tolerated. My thoughts are with Sir Salman and his family.”

Aug 12, 2022 23:49 IST

Appalling Attack on Salman Rushdie Exercising Right We Should Never Cease to Defend: Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled” by the stabbing of writer Salman Rushdie. “Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend,” tweeted Johnson. “Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We are all hoping he is okay.”

Aug 12, 2022 23:34 IST

In Pictures | First Responders Rush to Treat Salman Rushdie after Stabbing Incident in New York

Author Salman Rushdie is treated by emergency personnel after he was stabbed on stage before his scheduled speech at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York, US, August 12, 2022, in this picture obtained from social media. TMX/Mary Newsom – freelance journalist from Charlotte, NC/via REUTERS

In Pictures | First Responders Rush to Treat Salman Rushdie after Stabbing Incident in New York
Aug 12, 2022 23:17 IST

Attack on Literary Giant, Defender of Freedom of Expression Horrifying: British Culture Minister

British Culture Minister Nadine Dorries said the attack on novelist Salman Rushdie was horrifying. “Horrifying. An awful attack on a literary giant and one of the great defenders of freedom of expression. Thoughts with @SalmanRushdie and his loved ones,” she said.

Aug 12, 2022 23:11 IST

Booker Prize Foundation 'Shocked', Wishes Salman Rushdie Best Wishes After Stabbing Incident

Booker Prize Foundation said it was deeply shocked after author Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck as he was about to give a lecture in New York state on Friday. “We are deeply shocked to hear of the brutal and unprovoked attack on Sir Salman Rushdie in New York State today. We condemn the senseless actions of his attacker and send our thoughts and best wishes to Salman,” it said.

Aug 12, 2022 23:03 IST

Salman Rushdie Was to Take Part in Talk on US Serving Asylum for Artists in Exile

Salman Rushdie who was stabbed in the neck in New York, was at the Chautauqua Institution to take part in a discussion about the United States serving as asylum for writers and artists in exile and “as a home for freedom of creative expression,” according to the institution’s website. He became an American citizen in 2016 and lives in New York City.

Aug 12, 2022 22:59 IST

In Pictures | Salman Rushdie Loaded Onto Medical Evacuation Helicopter in NY After Stabbing Incident

In this frame grab from a video courtesy of Horatio Gates recorded on August 12, Salman Rushdie is seen being loaded onto a medical evacuation helicopter near the Chautauqua Institution after being stabbed in the neck while speaking on stage in Chautauqua in New York. (Image: AFP)

In Pictures | Salman Rushdie Loaded Onto Medical Evacuation Helicopter in NY After Stabbing Incident

Aug 12, 2022 22:55 IST

Salman Rushdie: With Fatwa and Bounty Why India-born Author was Forced to Live on the Run

Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa against him issued by Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini over his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses”. The author who was stabbed in the neck on Friday during an event in New York, has spent nearly a decade in hiding, moving houses repeatedly and being unable to tell his children where he lived. Rushdie, who was born in India to non-practising Muslims and himself is an atheist, was forced to go underground as a bounty was put on his head, which remains today.

Aug 12, 2022 22:47 IST

Salman Rushdie Had Multiple Stab Wounds: Eyewitness

According to the New York Times, a doctor in the audience said that Salman Rushdie had multiple stab wounds, including one to the neck, and a pool of blood under him and he appeared to be alive. “People were saying, ‘He has a pulse, he has a pulse he has a pulse,’” she was quoted as saying.

Aug 12, 2022 22:44 IST

WATCH | Author Salman Rushdie Attacked on Stage in New York Event

India-born author Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage at an event in New York. The attacker was arrested by the Police.

Aug 12, 2022 22:43 IST

Shocked and Distressed: Author Neil Gaiman on Friend Attack on Salman Rushdie in NY

Author Neil Gaiman said he is shocked and distressed by the attack on author Salman Rushdie at an event in New York. “I’m shocked and distressed to see my friend @SalmanRushdie has been attacked before a talk. He’s a good man and a brilliant one and I hope he’s okay.”

Aug 12, 2022 22:38 IST

Salman Rushdie Alive, Receiving Care at Local Hospital After Stabbing Incident: New York Governor

Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul in a presser said author Salman Rushdie is alive and getting care at a local hospital after he was stabbed in the neck during an event. “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,” she said.

Aug 12, 2022 22:34 IST

'Horrified': Amitav Ghosh Wishes Salman Rushdie a Speedy Recovery after Stabbing Incident

Indian author Amitav Ghosh reacted to the attack on novelist Salman Rushdie. “Horrified to learn that Salman Rushdie has been attacked at a speaking event in upstate New York. Wish him a speedy recovery,” he said.

Aug 12, 2022 22:32 IST

Attack on Freedom of Speech and Thought: US Senator Chuck Schumer

US Senator Chuck Schumer of New York reacted to author Salman Rushdie’s stabbing during an event in Chautauqua County. He said, “This attack is shocking and appalling. It is an attack on freedom of speech and thought, which are two bedrock values of our country and of the Chautauqua Institution.” “I hope Mr. Rushdie quickly and fully recovers and the perpetrator experiences full accountability and justice.”

Aug 12, 2022 22:30 IST

Javed Akhtar Condemns 'Barbaric Attack on Salman Rushdie'

Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar condemned the attack on Salman Rushdie after the author was stabbed in the neck during an event in New York city. “I condemn the barbaric attack on Salman Rushdie by some fanatic. I hope that NY police and the court will take the strongest action possible against the attacker,” he said in a tweet.

Aug 12, 2022 22:28 IST

If Salman Rushdie is Attacked, Anyone Who is Critical of Islam Can Be Attacked: Taslima Nasreen

Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen who had to leave Bangladesh in 1994 in the wake of death threat by fundamentalist outfits for her alleged anti-Islamic views, reacted to attack on author Salman Rushdie and said, “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.”

Aug 12, 2022 22:22 IST

Reeling from Shock and Horror: PEN America

PEN America, an advocacy group for freedom of expression of which novelist Salman Rushdie is a former president, said it was “reeling from shock and horror” on what it called an unprecedented attack on a writer in the United States. “Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched nor faltered,” Suzanne Nossel, PEN’s chief executive, said in the statement. Earlier in the morning, Rushdie had emailed her to help with relocating Ukrainian writers seeking refuge, she said.

Aug 12, 2022 22:17 IST

Rushdie Tried to Run Off the Stage: Witness

According to the New York Post, a witness who was in the audience said, [Salman] “Rushdie tried to run off the stage, and the two men scuffled before audience members rushed onstage to subdue the attacker.”

Aug 12, 2022 22:16 IST

Salman Rushdie Attacked: New York Guv Thanks Swift Response by NY Police; Directs Cops to Assist Investigation

Governor of New York Kathy Hochul in a statement thanked the quick response of New York police department after author Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage during an event in the city. “Thank you to the swift response of @nyspolice & first responders following today’s attack of author Salman Rushdie. Our thoughts are with Salman & his loved ones following this horrific event. I have directed State Police to further assist however needed in the investigation,” she said.

Aug 12, 2022 22:11 IST

Salman Rushdie Taken by Helicopter to Hospital, Condition Not Yet Known

Novelist Salman Rushdie was taken by helicopter to a hospital after he was stabbed in the neck during an event in New York but his condition was not yet known, police said. The police statement gave no motive for the attack.

“getting the care he needs,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said.

The author fell to the floor and suffered a stab wound to the neck. Video footage showed people rushing to rescue Rushdie from the attack.

The man also attacked an interviewer who was present on stage.

Issuing a statement on Twitter , New York State Police said they are investigating the attack on Rushdie prior to a speaking event.

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

Giving details, police said the incident took place at about 11 am when a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. “Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known. The interviewer suffered 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.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement he was appalled that Rushdie was “stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend.”

PEN America, an advocacy group for freedom of expression of which Rushdie is a former president, said it was “reeling from shock and horror” on what it called an unprecedented attack on a writer in the United States. “Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched nor faltered,” Suzanne Nossel, PEN’s chief executive, said in the statement. Earlier in the morning, Rushdie had emailed her to help with relocating Ukrainian writers seeking refuge, she said.

The author, now 75, was born into an Indian Muslim family and propelled to international fame after writing “Midnight’s Children” in 1981, which won international praise and Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for its portrayal of post-independence India.

Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous. A year later, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death. Iran has also offered over $3 million in reward for anyone who kills Rushdie.

(with inputs from agencies)

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