The Papers: Stabbing of Sir Salman, and drought ‘will shrink crops’

Many of the papers picture author Sir Salman Rushdie receiving first aid after he was attacked onstage at an event in New York on Friday.

The Daily Mail says the author was stabbed up to 15 times, while the Daily Express calls the attack “frenzied”. The Times quotes a woman who was in the front row and who told the New York Times that five men were needed to remove the suspect, who she describes as “furious” and “intensely strong.”

An usher at the event tells the Daily Mirror that security was “lax”, while the Daily Mail suggests there was anger among some in the hall that the writer was not given better protection. A retired lawyer tells The Sun that the security at the event – a single state trooper – was “totally inadequate.”

The Guardian says there has been “worldwide condemnation” of the stabbing as an “attack on free speech”. The Daily Telegraph notes that Iran’s state broadcaster welcomed the assault and proclaimed that the fatwa against him is still valid.

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