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Salman Rushdie risks an eye, 'severed the nerves of the arm'

2022-08-13T09:03:23.604Z

Officer Andrew Wylie provided an update on the health of the writer, who was stabbed in upstate New York while giving a lecture. He underwent surgery, but the conditions are still serious. The governor of New York: 'he is getting the care he needs'. Rushdie is the author of the book 'The Satanic Verses', which was banned from Iran in 1988 because it was considered blasphemous. Khomeini launched a fatwa against him, which was then renewed in 2017 and 2019: 3 million dollars to those who killed him - The curse of the 'Satanic Verses' - THE VIDEO (ANSA)



For more than 30 years under the threat of death from Iran and Islamic extremism,

writer Salman Rushdie

is in danger of losing an eye after being stabbed at a literary festival in New York State.

The author of the

'Satanic Verses'

he underwent a lengthy surgery after being transported to hospital by helicopter and is now attached to a respirator, with severe damage to his arm and liver.

A 24-year-old from New Jersey, Hadi Matar, was arrested for the attack, but it is not yet clear the reason for such a violent attack against the writer for years in the crosshairs of fundamentalists and Ayatollah Khomeini who, the year after publication of the famous book considered by one part of Islam to be 'blasphemous', he offered a bounty of $ 3 million as a reward for his death.

"The news is not good. Salman

is attached to a respirator

, at the moment he is unable to speak," said the writer's agent, Andrew Wylie, after the surgery lasted several hours, making it clear that the situation for the writer, stabbing in the neck and abdomen is more serious than it seemed.

"He He's probably going to lose an eye, the nerves in his arm have been severed and his liver has been injured and damaged," he told The New York Times.

ANSA agency

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The attack took place at 10.45am local time (4.45pm in Italy), shortly after Rushdie took the stage at the Chautauqua Institution, a hundred kilometers from Buffalo,


to give a lecture.

Hadi Matar, who according to the witnesses was wearing a black mask, got up from the audience, jumped on the stage and rushed on the writer hitting him "in the neck and at least once in the abdomen", according to the police reconstruction.

Also impressed was the moderator of the conference, Ralph Henry Reese, who was discharged from the hospital a few hours later.

"It all took place in a matter of seconds," said a witness who was seated in the audience.

"He was covered in blood, dripping on the floor," he said.

"I saw blood around his eyes and dripping down his cheek."

The writer was immediately rescued by a doctor present in the room and was then transported by helicopter to the hospital.

The motive for the attack remains unknown, the FBI is also collaborating in the investigation.

Salman Rushdie attacked in Ny, video on social media

In the evening, a crowd of onlookers and neighbors gathered in front of the attacker's home in Fairview, New Jersey, but were turned away by the police who closed the road.

"We condemn all forms of violence and we want everyone to have the freedom to speak and write the truth," said the governor of the state of New York, Kathy Hochul immediately after the attack, praising the policeman who intervened immediately after the assault on the writer. .

"He saved his life," she said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the attack.

"Horrified that Salman Rushdie was stabbed while he was exercising a right we should never stop defending," he tweeted.

"Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope he is well."

Emmanuel Macron assured that France "is alongside Rushdie".

"His fight is ours," the French president wrote on Twitter.

Solidarity with the author was expressed by the whole literary world and by many writers. 

Salman Rushdie is the author of 'The Satanic Verses',

the book that was banned in Iran in 1988 because it was considered blasphemous.

Ayatollah Khomeini,

the year after the book's publication,

launched a fatwa against the Indian writer offering a $ 3 million reward to those who killed him.

Supreme leader Ali Khamenei renewed the fatwa in 2017, and in 2019 via Twitter.

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- Hervé Doumbia (@almouslime) August 12, 2022

Source: ansa

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