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Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was stabbed Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York, 

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authorities said. Rushdie "suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital, 

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state police said in a statement. The suspect was taken into custody by a state trooper assigned to the event, police said.   

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

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The 75-year-old author was pushed or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained. 

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Rushdie was quickly surrounded by a small group of people who held up his legs, presumably to send more blood to his chest.  

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Rushdie was in surgery Friday afternoon, his agent confirmed to CBS News, but his condition was not immediately known.  

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Police said that the suspect also attacked an interviewer, who suffered a minor head injury. 

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Video said to be of the aftermath of the attack was posted on social media.

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