The writer Salman Rushdie, stabbed during a talk in New York

The writer Salman Rushdie has been attacked this Friday while participating in an event in Chautauqua, a town in western New York state, in the United States. According to ha informado Associated Press, a man has appeared on the scene and has started beating and stabbing the British-Indian perpetrator while being introduced. The assailant, according to the New York police, is a 24-year-old man named Hadi Matar and remains in custody.

The police spokesman said at a press conference that they have “no indication of the motive” for the attack. In photos and videos posted on social media, Rushdie can be seen on the ground and being cared for on stage.

Police have also confirmed that the writer has been stabbed at least once in the neck and once in the abdomen and has subsequently been airlifted to hospital, The New York Times reports. There are no details about his health and the severity of his injuries, but his agent, Andrew Wylie, has reported that he has undergone surgery, according to Reuters. The motive for the attack is also unclear.

Rushdie’s book ‘The Satanic Verses’ was banned in Iran in 1988 as blasphemous, and a year later the country’s then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his death. An Iranian foundation even offered a $3.3 million reward. The writer spent 10 years under police protection, The New York Times reports, and was banned from India, where he was born, for more than a decade. The publication of his latest book, ‘Victory City’, is scheduled for February next year.

According to the testimony collected by The New York Times from a person who was in the audience and who has come to the writer’s aid, Rushdie had several wounds and there was a lot of blood, but he had a pulse.

The writers’ association PEN International, of which Rushdie was president, has released a statement condemning the attack and wishing the writer a speedy recovery. The Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, has thanked the police and emergency services that have treated Rushdie after the attack.

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