Iran has “categorically” denied any link with Salman Rushdie’s attacker – instead blaming the creator himself.
Mr Rushdie, 75, was once left severely injured after being stabbed on stage at an tournament in New York state. He is now capable to breathe unaided.
He has confronted years of dying threats for his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused Iran’s state media of gloating about the attack, calling its behaviour “despicable”.
Iranian media have substantially commented on the attack, calling it “divine retribution”.
Iran’s nation broadcaster daily Jaam-e Jam highlighted the information that Rushdie might lose an eye following the attack, saying “an eye of the Satan has been blinded”.
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