Watch as Salman Rushdie Knifeman is attacked by brave onlookers after stabbing the author “up to 15 times”.

DRAMATIC footage shows the moment heroic spectators attacked a knifeman after he stabbed Salman Rushdie as screams echoed through the venue.

The 75-year-old author suffered horrific injuries when he was shot 15 times with a knife in front of a horrified crowd at New York’s Chautauqua Institution.

Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times at an event in New York

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Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times at an event in New YorkPhoto credit: Getty
Horrified spectators pounced on the knife man

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Horrified spectators pounced on the knife man
Screams and gasps were heard as those present rushed to help

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Screams and gasps were heard as those present rushed to help
The alleged attacker was dragged off the stage

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The alleged attacker was dragged off the stageCredit: AP

A shocking clip shows brave participants rushing to finish off the attacker while others rush to Rushdie’s aid amid a piercing chorus of screams and gasps.

The suspect, identified by police as Hadi Matar, 24, was then dragged away by an officer before Rushdie was helped off the stage.

The remaining guests were then evacuated from the auditorium as Rushdie was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and underwent emergency surgery.

The Indian-born writer is on a ventilator and suffers from severed nerves and a damaged liver.

Andrew Wylie, his books agent, said: “The news is not good.

“Salman is likely to lose an eye; the nerves in his arm have been severed; and his liver has been stabbed and damaged.”

Images showed blood spattering across a screen in the lecture hall and a chair Rushdie was sitting on.

Rabbi Charles Savenor told The Sun Online he was in the crowd when the violent scene erupted.

Savenor, 53, said the horror attack lasted “20 to 40 seconds” before Rushdie’s alleged attacker was stopped.

He said: “At first nobody knew how to react. We didn’t know what we saw, what we saw.

“We were about 75 feet away and saw the attacker attacking Mr Rushdie.

“His arm was up and down, I didn’t know if he was hitting it or if he had a knife,” Savenor recalled.

“The crowd was just shocked, but within a few seconds it felt like we were witnessing an attack in real time.”

An AP reporter said he saw the man hit or stab the author “10 to 15 times.”

Cops arrested New Jersey’s Matar and was photographed at his home in Fairview last night.

According to the mayor of Yaron, Lebanon, Matar is a “Lebanese citizen who was born in the United States”.

It was also alleged that Matar held a fake driver’s license with the surname of a Hezbollah commander

US law enforcement officials revealed last night that an initial investigation suggests Rushdie’s alleged assailant has sympathies with the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, the New York Post reported.

The crowd was just shocked, but within a few seconds it felt like we were witnessing an attack in real time.

Karl Savenorwitness

Matar is in custody and state police said they recovered a backpack and electronics from the scene.

Rushdie, who was born to a Kashmiri Muslim family in Bombay, now Mumbai, before moving to the UK, faced lengthy death threats over his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses.

After its release in 1988, it was banned in many countries with large Muslim populations.

Rushdie spent about ten years under police protection in the UK, living in hiding after the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s execution.

Rushdie denied the threat at the time, saying there was “no evidence” people were interested in the $3million (£2.5million) reward.

However, there have been several failed assassination attempts on Rushdie over the years, including attacks on several people connected to its publication.

In 1991, Japanese translator Hitoshi Igarashi was fatally stabbed and an Italian translator was nearly killed in another attack.

Now the Iranian state media have shockingly hailed Rushdie’s attacker as a “brave and dutiful man”.

The dictatorship celebrated the horror attack, branding Rushdie a “renegade” and a “heretic” while praising his assailant for “snapping the neck of the enemy of God with a knife.”

ILL PRAISE

Iran’s ultra-conservative newspaper Kayhan praised the stabbing in today’s edition, with its boss Hossein Shariatmadari calling Rushdie “depraved”.

He said: “Bravo to this brave and dutiful man who attacked the renegade and depraved Salman Rushdie in New York.

“Let us kiss the hands of him who tore the throat of the enemy of God with a knife.”

FARS News, another regime-owned newspaper, accused Rushdie of insulting “the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)” with the book’s “anti-religious content.”

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan called the incident “appalling”.

He said: “We are grateful to the good citizens and first responders for helping him so quickly.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled that Rushdie “was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending”.

Weeks before Friday’s attack, Rushdie had spoken in a speech about his “struggle” with a story about a severed head.

He addressed the PEN America Emergency World Voices Congress of Writers at the United Nations and spoke about the Ukraine War.

During the speech, the author also accused the United States of “slipping back toward the Middle Ages” and criticized the resurgence of “biased centuries-old ideas.”

He said: “Meanwhile, America is slipping back into the Middle Ages as white supremacy is exercised not only over black bodies but over women’s bodies as well.

“False narratives rooted in antiquated religiosity and bigoted ideas from centuries ago are being used to justify this and find a willing audience.”

Salman Rushdie is treated after being attacked during a lecture on Friday

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Salman Rushdie is treated after being attacked during a lecture on FridayPhoto Credit: AP:Associated Press
Police believe Rushdie's alleged attacker - Hadi Matar, 24 - is sympathetic to the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard

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Police believe Rushdie’s alleged attacker – Hadi Matar, 24 – is sympathetic to the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary GuardPhoto credit: Twitter
Bloodstains are marked behind a screen where Rushdie was sitting

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Bloodstains are marked behind a screen where Rushdie was sittingCredit: AP
Rushdies remains hospitalized on a ventilator

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Rushdies remains hospitalized on a ventilatorPhoto credit: Reuters
Cops, including plainclothes officers, at Matar's home in Fairview last night

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Cops, including plainclothes officers, at Matar’s home in Fairview last nightPhoto credit: Reuters

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