The Indian-born British writer Salman Rushdie has been the subject of a knife attack during a Filing in New York Stateand has been rushed to the hospital, as confirmed by the New York Police in a statement.
the old Booker Prize winner He was speaking at a Chautauqua Institution event when an individual approached him and managed to knock him down. The incident, according to witnesses from the local media outlet Buffalo News, occurred around 10.45local time (4:45 p.m. in mainland Spain).
As soon as the writer’s presentation began, and always according to witnesses, an individual with a black mask jumped on stage and attacked Rushdie.
According to the latest police report, Rushdie has been stabbed at least once in the neck and once in the abdomen, which is why he has entered the operating room and is intubated, unable to breathe on his own.
“The news is not good (…) Salman will probably lose an eye. The nerves in his arm have been severed and his liver has been stabbed and damaged,” the writer’s agent, Andrew Wylie, told ‘The New York Times‘.
A state trooper assigned to the event immediately apprehended the suspect, a 24-year-old man, with the assistance of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office. The interviewer of Rushdie He has suffered a minor head injury, although he has already been discharged.
For its part, local police have contacted the FBI seeking help to identify the motives and background of the suspect, according to an official consulted by the aforementioned newspaper. .
After breaking the news of the attack, the governor of the state of New York, Kathy Hochul, has published a publication on her profile on the social network Twitter, where she has thanked the “quick response” of the state police officers.
“Our thoughts are with Salman and his loved ones after this horrific event. I have directed the State Police to further assist as needed in the investigation,” Hocul said.
Along the same lines, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has also used his Twitter profile to condemn the attack on the writer when “he was exercising a right that we must never stop defending.”
“Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope that he is well”, the British ‘premier’ has settled in a concise publication.
Rushdie, 75 years oldhas spent years living threatened by Iran for his novel ‘The Satanic Verses’, considered blasphemous by the Iranian authorities and for which the then Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a decree in 1989 calling for the writer’s death.
The Government of Iran ended up distancing himself from the ‘silly‘ from Khomeini, but in 2012 a semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised Rushdie’s reward from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.
The writer recounted precisely his sufferings during the first years of the ‘fatwa’ in his memoirs ‘Joseph Anton’, published in 2012.