October 15, 1994 |
A man with a knife stabbed Nobel Prize-winning novelist Naguib Mahfouz in the neck outside the writer's Cairo home Friday, authorities said. An Interior Ministry statement said Mahfouz, 83, was in "safe condition" at a hospital, where he underwent surgery. Police sources labeled the attack a terrorist incident--a term commonly used for attacks by Islamic militants. Mahfouz won the 1988 Nobel Prize for literature and has been criticized by Muslim radicals for his writings.