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  • Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York
  • Rushdie was about to begin a lecture at a university
  • AP: Rushdie either punched or stabbed

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Indian-born author Salman Rushdie attacked, suffers stab wound

Videos circulating on social media show a crowd gathered on a stage where Rushdie, on whose head Iran's Ayatollah Khomeni placed a bounty, was to speak. 

Indian-origin author Salman Rushdie, who lived a life under threats after the publication of his controversial book The Satanic Verses has been attacked at an event in New York.

The New York State Police confirmed that he suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. Details about his condition were unavailable.

The statement also said that the attacker has been restrained. New York State Police said the male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer.

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Videos circulating on social media show a crowd gathered on a stage where Rushdie, on whose head Iran's Ayatollah Khomeni placed a bounty, was to speak.

The video shows a bunch of people reaching out to a person who is lying on the stage.

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