UPDATE: Salman Rushdie Reportedly on Ventilator After Stabbing Attack

Renzo Gostoli

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Rushdie is on a ventilator following several hours of surgery, according to Reuters, and his agent said that the novelist will likely lose an eye.


The suspect in the attack on Rushdie is 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, N.J. Matar is reportedly a Muslim extremist who posted his support of Shia Islam and the Iranian regime on social media recently.

Novelist Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage preparing to give a speech in Chautauqua, New York, on Friday.

According to Fox News, an unknown assailant stormed the Chautauqua Institution and began “punching or stabbing” Rushdie during his introduction.

Rushdie has lived under constant threat of murder since 1989, when Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a death fatwa against the author of The Satanic Verses.

Little else is known of the attack, other than Rushdie fell to the floor and that the attacker was quickly restrained.


More details as they become available.

UPDATE 9: A few details on the alleged attacker.

UPDATE 8: The Daily Mail reports that Rushdie was stabbed “10-15 times,” including one stab wound to the neck. The British paper also quotes a witness saying, “People were saying, ‘He has a pulse, he has a pulse he has a pulse.'”

UPDATE 7: We’ve spent the last couple of years watching the normalization of political violence in real time.

“JKR” is writer J.K. Rowling who believes that women are women.

UPDATE 6: Local police say Rushdie suffered a stab wound to the neck. No other details.

UPDATE 5: Photos and video.

UPDATE 4: The US Sun reports, “According to images from the scene, there were splatters of blood on the walls in the Chautauqua Institute after the attack on author Salman Rushdie just before his lecture.”


UPDATE 3: The AP has this.

“We can think of no comparable incident of a public violent attack on a literary writer on American soil,” CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.

“Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched nor faltered,” she added.

Still no word on Rushdie’s condition.

UPDATE 2: “‘We are dealing with an emergency situation. I can share no further details at this time,’ a Chautauqua Institution spokesperson said when contacted by Reuters.”

UPDATE 1: Some background color from Hugh Hewitt.

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