Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced.

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August 12, 2022 - 4:06 PM

In this photo from October 13, 2019, British author Salman Rushdie smiles as he attends a photocall with his book 'Quichotte.' (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. The 75-year-old author was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital. At press time he was undergoing surgery. 

The attacker was restrained.

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