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Iran Blames Salman Rushdie And His Supporters For Stabbing Attack

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Iran Blames Salman Rushdie And His Supporters For Stabbing Attack

By Amin Hossein Khodadadi and Rhoda Kwan

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Monday that Salman Rushdie and his supporters are to blame for the stabbing attack that left the famed author hospitalized with serious injuries.

In its first public comments since the assault, Tehran denied any involvement but sought to justify the attack, which has been celebrated on front pages and in coverage across the country's media.

“We do not consider anyone other than him and his supporters worthy of blame or even condemnation,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said.

“No one has the right to accuse Iran,” he added. “The insult that was done and the support that was given was an insult to all religions.”

Rushdie, 75, is now “on the road to recovery,” his agent said Sunday. He was removed from a ventilator a day earlier after having been hospitalized with injuries to his neck, eye, liver and chest. The author was stabbed about a dozen times during a speaking event at a resort in western New York on Friday.

Rushdie is best known for “The Satanic Verses,” which has been banned in Iran and is considered by some Muslims to be blasphemous. A decades-old fatwa demanding his killing still stands, though attention on the issue had eased in recent years.

Full story https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-salman-rushdie-stabbing-attack-satanic-verses-rcna43065

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