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Video Emerges of Salman Rushdie Being Stabbed on Stage — His Agent Gives Health Update

Salman Rushdie, 75, who has lived for decades under threat of death by Islamist radicals including Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini for authoring The Satanic Verses in 1988, was stabbed on stage at an appearance in Chautauqua, New York Friday morning. The attacker was detained at the scene.

Author Salman Rushdie was hospitalized Friday after being attacked at a speaking event in New York state.

At around 11 a.m., a man “ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer,” according to New York State Police.

Rushdie was stabbed at least once in the neck and abdomen and was transported by helicopter to a trauma center in Erie, Pennsylvania, police said.

Video of the attack:

There is a new video of Rushdie being carried to the helicopter on a stretcher.

It does not look good.

There has been an Iranian-based bounty for Rushdie’s death of over $3 million reported Fox News.

Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous. A year later, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.

Iran has also offered over $3 million in reward for anyone who kills Rushdie.

Iran’s government has long since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment lingered. In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised the bounty for Rushdie from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.

Photos posted from the scene show the alleged attacker. Rushdie reportedly was able to walk after the attack but was later seen being evacuated on a gurney to a waiting helicopter.

“Author Salman Rushdie was stabbed after taking stage at a Chautauqua Institute event. He received aid on-site and was able to eventually walk off stage with assistance. This man has been detained by police.-#NYPD”


Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar, 24, in a news release distributed hours after the Indian-born author’s knifing.

Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator, cannot speak, and will likely lose an eye, after being stabbed up to 15 times on Friday by a suspect police identified as a man from New Jersey ‘with sympathies toward Iranian government.’

Rushdie’s condition was updated by his agent Andrew Wylie shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday, hours after the novelist was repeatedly stabbed by Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, as he was about to give a speech at a literary event in upstate New York.

‘The news is not good,’ Wylie said in a statement. ‘Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.’

  • El says:

    Heartbreaking. Just so sad for him. Yes, I’m an Islamophobe. All normal people should be.

  • Jack Tripper says:

    This little 24 year old prick wasn’t even born when the muslims put out a hit on this guy for writing a book. But not to worry. He will probably be released tomorrow. After all, New York protects the criminals, and punishes the victims. NY justice will most likely turn things around and charge Rushdie with hate speech.

  • Philip Warden says:

    what is islamophobia. phobia means Fear, right? The religion or Murder cult called Islam, is a Child molesting, woman bashing, lie to and trickery to gain trust is ok. according to the Islamic bible. the Koran, and then the Biggy, it tells the believers to kill all nonbelievers. If they can’t change their mind and covert them. Even by torture, I Don’t Fear them myself, (IE I carry) but I can absolutely see why everyone should. I don’t want people. that are raised and taught, to think their murder Cult is ok in America. To live near me, or even be in the USA. Islamic culture Go’s against everything the USA Stands For. If you don’t Believe. what is Written here Read the I have.



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