Salman Rushdie, an author who suffered years of Islamist death threats after writing ‘The Satanic Verses’, has been attacked on stage in New York state.
The Booker Prize winner was speaking at an event at the Chautauqua Institution when they said this.
Police say a man ran up onto the stage and attacked Mr. Rushdie during an interview
“Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck,” the police statement said.
Witnesses told US media he was stabbed multiple times in the neck and torso area. As he tried to away, he appeared to fall backwards.
A spokesman for the governor later said Mr Rushdie was alive and well.
No one has confirmed the extent of his injuries, but they were taken to the hospital in a helicopter
The interviewer on stage, Henry Reese, had a minor head injury. He’s the co-founder of a non-profit that supports writers who are exiled because of their work.
The suspect was immediately taken into custody, police said.
Mark Sommer, a reporter with Buffalo News, told the BBC News Channel that the attacker had come up from out of the audience wearing a black mask.