Iran Denies Any Involvement in Attack on Salman Rushdie

A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry blamed the author Salman Rushdie himself on Monday for the violent assault that left him critically wounded, and denied any Iranian role in the attack.

Mr. Rushdie was stabbed roughly 10 times on Friday while speaking at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. He suffered multiple injuries, including a damaged liver, and is expected to lose an eye.

In the first official statement by Tehran since the attack, the spokesman, Nasser Kanaani, put the blame on Mr. Rushdie.

According to the Iranian Students’ News Agency, Mr. Kanaani said that Mr. Rushdie had crossed “red lines” and “exposed himself to the anger and ire of the people.” He said that Tehran had no information on the attacker beyond what was being reported in U.S. news media.

“In this case, we don’t blame or condemn anyone except Salman Rushdie and his supporters,” Mr. Kanaani said.

The police arrested Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey man, in the attack.


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This article was written by Euan Ward and originally published on