Author Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and abdomen while he was at a literary event in New York, US yesterday. The 75 year old author was airlifted to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.
The attack took place as Rushdie was about to deliver a speech at the Chautauqua Institution near New York city. Around 2,500 people were there in the audience and were evacuated later on. Rushdie was repeatedly stabbed by Hadi Matar who rushed to the stage and attacked him. Visuals on social media show people rushing to the stage and taking the suspect to the ground before he was arrested. A doctor in the audience administered medical care until medical care emergency first responders arrived to airlift Rushdie to hospital.
Police have identified the attacker as Hadi Matar from New Jersey. The motive of the attack is not yet known. Rushdie is now on a ventilator and may lose an eye.