SALMAN Rushdie was stabbed to death on stage in New York today – after years of receiving death threats for the British writer’s novel The Satanic Verses.
His alleged assailant stormed the stage in New York while the novelist was speaking at the Chautauqua Institution.
The horror attack took place as the Indian-born writer was introduced.
Suddenly a man ran onto the stage and started stabbing him in the neck.
Pictures from the scene show Rushdie, 75, lying on the stage as a crowd surrounds him.
Blood splattered across a screen in the classroom and a chair Rushdie was sitting on.
His condition is still unknown.
A picture from the crime scene shows Rushdie being carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.
Immediately after the attack, panicked crowds were evacuated from the theater.
A suspect is reportedly in custody after the attack.
According to reports, pictures show the suspect being taken away by police at the scene.
The New York State Police confirmed they are investigating the attack.
“State Police are investigating an attack on author Salman Rushdie prior to a speaking engagement at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY,” it said.
“Around 11 a.m. on August 12, 2022, a male suspect ran onto the stage and assaulted Rushdie and an interviewer.
“Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to a nearby 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.
“More information will be released as it becomes available.”
Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital
New York State Police
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said: “Thank you for the quick response from @nyspolice and first responders following today’s attack by author Salman Rushdie.
“Our thoughts are with Salman and his loved ones following this horrific event. I have directed state police to further assist with the investigation if needed.”
Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses has been banned in Iran since 1988 because it is considered blasphemous by many Muslims.
A year later, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.
A bounty of more than $3 million has been put up for anyone who kills Rushdie.
He continued to receive death threats and was kept in hiding under constant armed guard for nine years to ensure his safety.
The Booker Prize winner rose to fame in 1981 with Midnight’s Children, which sold over a million copies in the UK alone.
In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation increased Rushdie’s bounty from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.
At the time, Rushdie denied the threat, saying there was no evidence of an interest in the reward.
Rushdie was born into a liberal Muslim family and later became an atheist.
In 2007 he was knighted for services to literature.
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