Salman Rushdie attacked in NY

New York: Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, has been attacked as he was about to give a lecture in southwestern New York state. Police said Rushdie was apparently stabbed in the neck on Friday after an assailant attacked him 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,” New York State Police said in a statement. “The interviewer suffered a minor head injury. A State Trooper assigned to the event immediately took the suspect into custody.” Iran has also offered more than $3m in reward for anyone who kills Rushdie. Iran’s government has long since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment lingered. In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation raised the reward for Rushdie from $2.8m to $3.3m. –Agencies