Author Salman Rushdie attacked on lecture stage in New York

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Author Salman Rushdie has been attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

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

The author was taken or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained.

Authorities did not immediately identify the attacker or offer any information on his motive.

Rushdie's book ``The Satanic Verses'' has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous.

A year later, Iran's late leader Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie's death. A more than $3 million bounty has been offered for anyone who kills Rushdie.