New York: Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie was stabbed on statge in New York on Friday. Stabbed repeatedly by a man identified as Hadi Matar (24), Rushdie is currently on ventilator support.
Videos of the auditorium show people rushing to the stage and overpowering the attacker. A doctor from the audience administered emergency aid. Salman Rushdie was airlifted to the hospital for an emergency surgery.
“For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism. He has just been the victim of a cowardly attack by the forces of hatred and barbarism. His fight is our fight; it is universal. Now more than ever, we stand by his side,” France President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.
Rushdie had faced several threats over three decades ago for his controversial book ‘Satanic Verses’.
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