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‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie attacked with knife — Analysis

On Friday, New York State attackers attacked author Salman Rushdie as he was preparing to deliver a lecture. The incident was captured on video and shows Rushdie being pushed to the ground by security. According to initial reports, he had been stabbed. He has now been taken into custody.

Rushdie (75) was about to deliver a speech at Chautauqua Institution. Images circulated on social media showing the Indian-born British American novelist being removed in an ambulance.

“Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck,” the New York State Police said in a statement said. He was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital.

Authorities are still trying to identify the attacker. Major outlets have speculated the attack could be related to the 1989 fatwa declared by Iran’s late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, offering a bounty on Rushdie’s head for his novel ‘The Satanic Verses,’ Declared blasphemous by the Islamic Republic

Although Iran officially has retracted from the fatwa in 2012, an Iranian religious foundation provided Rushdie with a $3.3 Million bounty.

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