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Explainer: Salman Rushdie stabbed on NY stage; Iran denies involvement

The Indian-British author whose novel provoked the ire of the late Ayatollah Khomeini was stabbed by an apparent Iranian government sympathizer in New York.
Salman Rushdie

The Iranian government has addressed the recent stabbing of author Salman Rushdie. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani vaguely denied Iran’s involvement in the attack on the author, but also seemed to justify it. 

“We don’t consider anyone deserving reproach, blame or even condemnation, except for [Rushdie] himself and his supporters,” said Kanaani today, as reported by The Associated Press. “In this regard, no one can blame the Islamic Republic of Iran. We believe that the insults made and the support he received was an insult against followers of all religions,” he added.

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