Author Salman Rushdie, 75 was stabbed in the neck and abdomen today.
Salman’s fourth novel “The Satanic Verses” garnered him a fatwā, (legal ruling on a point of Islamic law (sharia) in Salman’s case, an assasination) from the late leader Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, in 1989 A man by the name Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey rushed on the stage as Salman was about to give a lecture in western New York.
A bloodied Salman, was flown to a hospital and was undergoing surgery, police said. His condition was not immediately known.
Hadi was arrested at the scene and was awaiting arraignment. State police Maj. Eugene Staniszewski said the motive for the stabbing was unclear.
An Associated Press reporter witnessed the attacker confront Salman on stage at the Chautauqua Institution and punch or stab him 10 to 15 times as he was being introduced. The author was pushed or fell to the floor, and the man was arrested.
Dr. Martin Haskell, a physician who was among those who rushed to help, described Rushdie’s wounds as “serious but recoverable.”
Update: Salman Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, sent an update on his condition shortly before 7 pm, saying Mr. Rushdie was on a ventilator and could not speak. “The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”