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Author Salman Rushdie On Ventilator; Cops Identify Attacker

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New Delhi: Renowned author Salman Rushdie was on ventilator support and in danger of losing an eye after he was stabbed at a literary event in New York state on Friday. Rushdie spent years in hiding following an Iranian fatwa that ordered his killing.

Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” sparked immense fury among some Muslims who believed it to be blasphemous. Needing emergency surgery after the attack, the British author had to be airlifted to the hospital.

“The news is not good,” his agent was quoted as saying in a statement obtained by The New York Times. “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” his agent Andrew Wylie, who added that Mr Rushdie could not speak, was quoted as saying by the US newspaper.

American University politics professor, Carl LeVan, who attended the literary event, said that the assailant had barged onto the stage where Rushdie was present and “stabbed him repeatedly and viciously, NDTV quoted news agency AFP as saying.

However, the New York state police identified the suspected attacker as a 24-year-old from Fairfield, New Jersey, Hadi Matar. The cops said that the attacker stabbed Rushdie in the neck and the abdomen as well.

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