Salman Rushdie stabbed in New York State

Salman Rushdie is on recovering after being stabbed on stage in New York. Rushdie was stabbed at least once in the neck and in the abdomen, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, by helicopter.

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

Police detained a suspect named as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey.

New York State Police said the suspect ran onto the stage and attacked Mr Rushdie and an interviewer at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York state.

Rushdie went into hiding with police protection in the UK in 1988 after Iran’s leader

Ayatollah Khomeini called for his fatwa, putting his life in danger,  over his novel, The Satanic Verses.

No motive or charges have yet been confirmed by police, who are in the process of obtaining search warrants to examine a backpack and electronic devices found at the centre.

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