Salman Rushdie not breathing after stabbing, able to talk: 10 facts

Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and abdomen

New York:
Author Salman Rushdie was taken off the ventilator last night as he remained hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed at a literary event in New York.

Here are the top 10 updates on this big story

  1. The president of the Chautauqua facility, where the perpetrator was stabbed, said in a tweet that Salman Rushdie had been taken off the ventilator and was speaking. Mr Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, also confirmed the development.

  2. Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault in what a prosecutor called a “pre-planned” crime.

  3. The perpetrator was stabbed in the neck and abdomen about 10 times, prosecutors said during Hadi Matar’s arraignment in a New York court. A preliminary examination of Matar’s social media showed he was sympathetic to “Shia extremism” and the causes of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

  4. Witnesses said Mr Rushdie was about to speak at the event when the suspect rushed onto the stage and stabbed him before being knocked to the ground by staff and others in the audience. The interviewer, Ralph Henry Reese, also suffered a facial injury in the attack, but was released from hospital, police said.

  5. Salman Rushdie had to be airlifted to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He could lose an eye and the nerves in one of his arms were severed and his liver was damaged, according to his agent.

  6. The attack on Salman Rushdie has sparked shock and outrage across much of the world. US President Joe Biden condemned the “vicious attack” and said the writer stood for essential and universal ideals – truth, courage and resilience. “I am grateful to the first responders and brave individuals who stepped into action to come to Rushdie’s aid and bring the attacker under control,” President Biden said.

  7. British leader Boris Johnson said he was “appalled”, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack “reprehensible” and “cowardly”.

  8. Mr Rushdie, 75, was thrust into the limelight with his second novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ in 1981, which won international acclaim and Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize.

  9. His 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” was seen by some Muslims as disrespectful of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. The novel led to a fatwa, a religious decree, by Iran’s first supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The threat forced him into hiding for several years.

  10. Mr. Rushdie moved to New York in the early 2000s and became a US citizen in 2016. In a recent interview with German magazine Stern, Mr. Rushdie explained how, after so many years of living with death threats , his life was “returning to Ordinary.” ,