An unknown man attacks British writer Salman Rushdie in New York

British writer of Indian origin, Salman Rushdie, was attacked in New York before his lecture at the Chautauqua Institute.

According to Bloomberg, an unknown man stormed the stage at the institute and started hitting Rushdie before the show started. The attacker was arrested. Presumably he had a knife.

Rushdie was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in India. The publication of Rushdie’s work, The Satanic Verses, prompted an angry protest from Shiite Muslims. The Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini publicly insulted Rushdie in his fatwa and sentenced him, as well as all those involved in the publication of the book, to death, calling on Muslims around the world to carry out the sentence.

In 2016, the writer received American citizenship, where he has lived since 2000.

Rushdie is a 1981 Booker Prize Winner for Midnight Children. Critics classify the writer as a magical realist.

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