A guy rushed the stage where Indian-born author Salman Rushdie was scheduled to speak on Friday morning in New York, according to the New York State Police.
Novelist, Salman Rushdie was attacked on Stage in New York
In the 1980s, Iran threatened the author’s Salman Rushdie life. According to the police, Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and transported to a nearby hospital by helicopter.
Police have identified the suspect as a 24-year-old man from Fair View, New Jersey named Hadi Matar.
Eugene Staniszewski stated during a news conference on Friday night that a motive has not yet been determined.
The incident occurred while the 75-year-old renowned author was a guest speaker at a lecture series at the Chautauqua Institution.
A man suspect charged the stage and attacked Salman Rushdie and an interviewer at around 11 a.m. ET, according to a police report.
When the offender was arrested, Rushdie was taken to a local hospital. Rushdie is currently undergoing surgery, according to Staniszewski.
He said that Henry Reese, the interviewer, had been freed after receiving treatment for a minor head injury at a nearby hospital.
Salman Rushdie on ventilator after attacked
As per Salman Rushdie’ representative, “he is on a ventilator and unable to speak after being attacked on stage in the New York”.
Andrew Wylie said that the author, 75, may lose one eye in this incident.
Reese stood on stage with Rushdie during the attack and is a co-founder of City of Asylum, a residence programme for writers in exile.
According to Michael Hill, president of the Chautauqua Institution, security requirements for events are evaluated on an individual basis.
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