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Victims of "fatwa' on Rushdie

Published Feb. 14, 1994|Updated Oct. 6, 2005

Here are some of those targeted in connection with the fatwa imposed on British author Salman Rushdie:

Ettore Capriolo, Italian translator for The Satanic Verses, was stabbed and injured in his Milan apartment July 3, 1991, by a man he said had identified himself as an Iranian. Capriolo is now under police protection.

Professor Hitoshi Igarashi, Japanese translator of the book, was stabbed to death by an unknown assailant July 12, 1991, at Tokyo's Tsukuba University.

Professor Mushirul Hassan, an Islamic historian, was threatened with death by Indian Muslims in New Delhi after he called on the government to lift a ban on Rushdie's book.

Turkish writer Aziz Nessin, who published excerpts from the book in Turkey, was the target of a 1,000-strong mob of Islamic fundamentalists, who attacked a meeting of leftist artists and writers on July 2, 1993, in eastern Turkey. Thirty-six people were killed when the mob set the hotel on fire. Nessin survived.

William Nygaard, Norwegian publisher of the book, was shot and wounded in the back and stomach outside his Oslo home. Police suspect Iranians were involved.

_ Associated Press

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