Author of blasphemous anti-Islam book Salman Rushdie on ventilator after stabbing

NEW YORK: Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born author of a blasphemous anti-Islam book, was on a ventilator and lose an eye after he was stabbed at a literary event in New York.

Following the attack just before 11:00 am local time Rushdie had been airlifted to the hospital where he needed emergency surgery, and his agent said in a statement that “the news is not good.”

“Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” said agent Andrew Wylie

New York state police identified the suspect involved in Friday morning s attack as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old from Fairfield, New Jersey. A probable motive remained unclear.

Police said Rushdie was stabbed in the neck as well as the abdomen. A number of people rushed to the stage and took the suspect to the ground, before a trooper present at the event arrested him.

A doctor in the audience administered medical care until emergency first responders arrived.

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