Salman Rushdie was shot in the neck! The New York police do not provide information on his health condition
Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck while giving a speech at a literary event, foreign media reports. A man came on stage while the writer was speaking and shot him with a fist and then with a knife, witnesses say. The attacker was arrested immediately after the attack. Rushdie was airlifted to a local hospital, but his condition is unknown, New York police said.
The 75-year-old novelist, the son of a successful Muslim businessman in India, was educated in England, first at Rugby School and later at Cambridge University, where he received a master's degree in history.
After college, he began working as an advertising copywriter in London, before publishing his first novel, Grimus, in 1975.
Rushdie's handling of delicate political and religious subjects made him a controversial figure. But it was the publication of his fourth novel The Satanic Verses in 1988 that haunted him for decades.
Some Muslims saw the book as blasphemous and it sparked public demonstrations. In 1989, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called Rushdie a blasphemer and said the "Satanic Verses" were an insult to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad and issued a religious decree, or fatwa, calling for his death.
As a result, the Mumbai-born writer spent a decade under British protection before the Iranian government announced it would no longer seek to enforce the fatwa in 1998.