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New York state police issue statement on Rushdie

New York state police also have issued a statement in regards to the attack on Rushdie, writing:

On August 12, 2022, at about 11 a.m., a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known.

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NY State Police: &quot;On August 12, 2022, at about 11 a.m., a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known.&quot; pic.twitter.com/W1SgRti1pz

&mdash; Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 12, 2022

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NY State Police: “On August 12, 2022, at about 11 a.m., a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known.” pic.twitter.com/W1SgRti1pz

— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 12, 2022

Updated at 17.35 BST

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New York state police have also confirmed that a suspect has been taken into custody.

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From the New York state police statement:

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A State Trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. More information will be released when it is available.

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The full statement from state police is available here.

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New York state police also have issued a statement in regards to the attack on Rushdie, writing:

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Hello Guardian readers, there’s breaking news regarding the renowned novelist Salman Rushdie and we are going to bring you developments and reaction as it happens, so please join us and we’ll keep you up to date, live.

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Rushdie was attacked onstage at an event in upstate New York, according to the Associated Press, who had a reporter at the event.

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Onlookers said he was stabbed as he was about to give a speech in Chautaqua, which is about seven-hour drive from New York City, near the southern shore of Lake Erie.

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Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked on Friday morning as he was preparing to give a lecture.

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An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced.

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The author ended up on the floor and could be seen with a first responder crouching over him and organizers rushing to help.

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A man was apprehended, according to the news agency.

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New York governor Kathy Hochul posted a statement on Twitter about Rushdie’s attack, praising first responders at the scene who assisted Rushdie and apprehended the suspected attacker.

Thank you to the swift response of [New York state police] & first responders following today’s attack of author Salman Rushdie. Our thoughts are with Salman & his loved ones following this horrific event.

I have directed State Police to further assist however needed in the investigation.

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Thank you to the swift response of @nyspolice &amp; first responders following today's attack of author Salman Rushdie.

Our thoughts are with Salman &amp; his loved ones following this horrific event. I have directed State Police to further assist however needed in the investigation.

&mdash; Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) August 12, 2022

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Thank you to the swift response of @nyspolice & first responders following today’s attack of author Salman Rushdie.

Our thoughts are with Salman & his loved ones following this horrific event. I have directed State Police to further assist however needed in the investigation.

— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) August 12, 2022

Reactions to the stabbing of Rushdie have poured in across social media, with many expressing outrage, shock, and worry.

Feminist and author Taslima Nasreen expressed her concern and shock over Rushdie’s attack on Twitter:

I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.

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I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.

&mdash; taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) August 12, 2022

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I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.

— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) August 12, 2022

Author Wajahat Ali, who spoke at Chautauqua Institution two weeks prior to Rushdie’s stabbing, called the attack “disgusting” and wished Rushdie a quick recovery:

I was there 2 weeks ago giving a talk. It’s a lovely place with a fantastic, curious and welcoming community. This is shocking. I hope Salman Rushdie isn’t injured and can recover and heal quickly. How disgusting.

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I was there 2 weeks ago giving a talk. It's a lovely place with a fantastic, curious and welcoming community. This is shocking. I hope Salman Rushdie isn't injured and can recover and heal quickly. How disgusting. https://t.co/mBGPg0WBtH

&mdash; Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 12, 2022

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I was there 2 weeks ago giving a talk. It’s a lovely place with a fantastic, curious and welcoming community. This is shocking. I hope Salman Rushdie isn’t injured and can recover and heal quickly. How disgusting. https://t.co/mBGPg0WBtH

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 12, 2022

PEN International, the renowned literary organization, published a statement on Twitter about the attack of Rushdie, writing:

We are deeply concerned by the news that former PEN America President [Salman Rushdie] was attacked today just before giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. We condemn the attack and wish him a fast recovery.

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We are deeply concerned by the news that former PEN America President, @SalmanRushdie, was attacked today just before giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. We condemn the attack and wish him a fast recovery: https://t.co/6075TNRAJ0

&mdash; PEN International (@pen_int) August 12, 2022

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We are deeply concerned by the news that former PEN America President, @SalmanRushdie, was attacked today just before giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. We condemn the attack and wish him a fast recovery: https://t.co/6075TNRAJ0

— PEN International (@pen_int) August 12, 2022

Updated at 17.27 BST

Here is additional footage of Rushdie being transported in a helicopter to a hospital for what we now know is an apparent stab wound to the neck.

From reporter Moshe Schwartz:

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UPDATE: Salman Rushdie has been transported to the hospital via helicopter. His condition is unknown, per New York State Police.pic.twitter.com/ycR4TnZT2b

&mdash; Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) August 12, 2022

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Suspect in Rushdie attack is in custody

New York state police have also confirmed that a suspect has been taken into custody.

From the New York state police statement:

A State Trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene. More information will be released when it is available.

The full statement from state police is available here.

Updated at 17.11 BST

New York state police issue statement on Rushdie

New York state police also have issued a statement in regards to the attack on Rushdie, writing:

On August 12, 2022, at about 11 a.m., a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known.

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NY State Police: &quot;On August 12, 2022, at about 11 a.m., a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known.&quot; pic.twitter.com/W1SgRti1pz

&mdash; Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 12, 2022

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NY State Police: “On August 12, 2022, at about 11 a.m., a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known.” pic.twitter.com/W1SgRti1pz

— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) August 12, 2022

Updated at 17.35 BST

More information is emerging on the attack of author Salman Rushdie during a planned talk at an educational center in western New York state.

Here is a video taken from inside the event of medics assisting Rushdie on-site, depicting chaos and confusion as Rushdie was being treated.

From author Shiv Aroor:

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BREAKING: Author Salman Rushdie stabbed on stage before a lecture in New York pic.twitter.com/vjhG9HMh0g

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Updated at 17.36 BST

Author Salman Rushdie attacked at New York event

Hello Guardian readers, there’s breaking news regarding the renowned novelist Salman Rushdie and we are going to bring you developments and reaction as it happens, so please join us and we’ll keep you up to date, live.

Rushdie was attacked onstage at an event in upstate New York, according to the Associated Press, who had a reporter at the event.

Onlookers said he was stabbed as he was about to give a speech in Chautaqua, which is about seven-hour drive from New York City, near the southern shore of Lake Erie.

Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked on Friday morning as he was preparing to give a lecture.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced.

The author ended up on the floor and could be seen with a first responder crouching over him and organizers rushing to help.

A man was apprehended, according to the news agency.

Updated at 17.34 BST

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