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Salman Rushdie on ventilator after being stabbed onstage at New York state event

Added 08-13-22 01:09:02am EST - “Author attacked at event in western New York as police identify the suspect in custody as Hadi Matar” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Salman Rushdie on ventilator after being stabbed onstage at New York state event”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sir Salman Rushdie remains on a ventilator after being attacked onstage at an event in western New York state on Friday morning.

Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

Rushdie, 75, was taken to surgery, and Andrew Wylie, his spokesperson, said in a statement early Friday evening that the author was put on a ventilator and had suffered significant injuries: “The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”

Authorities later identified the man suspected of stabbing Rushdie as 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin assaulting Rushdie as he was being introduced. The author was taken or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained and taken into custody.

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