Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York

Author Salman Rushdie, who suffered years of Islamist death threats after writing The Satanic Verses, has been attacked on stage in New York state.

New York State Police said a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Mr Rushdie and an interviewer.

A video posted online shows attendees rushing onto the stage immediately following the incident. Source: BBC

A year after the book's publication, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini called for Mr Rushdie's execution and offered a $3m reward.

The bounty over Mr Rushdie's head remains active, although Iran's government has distanced itself from Khomeini's decree.