New York: Controversial author Salman Rushdie, whose ‘The Satanic Verses’ led to death threats against him for blasphemy, was attacked while participating in an event in New York state, media reports said.
His condition was not known.
India-born Rushdie, 75, was speaking at an event of the Chautauqua Institution when a man ran onto the stage and either punched or stabbed him, the BBC reported citing eyewitnesses.
According to reports, amid gasps of horror from the audience, a few people ran onstage and managed to restrain the assailant, while others rushed to the aid of the author who had collapsed on the stage.
According to a report from UNI renowned author Salman Rushdie, who facing death threats for years after writing ‘The Satanic Verses’, has been attacked during an event of the Chautauqua Institution in New York, reports said.
According to reports, a man ran on stage and attacked him.
It is, however, unclear whether he has been punched or stabbed.
A video of the incident being circulated on social media shows people rushing in to attend Salman Rushdie immediately after the incident.
The attacker is said to have been nabbed.
The status of Rushdie’s health is not known as yet.
Rushdie’s book ‘The Satanic Verses’ has been banned in many countries since many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous.