Later, the novelist’s agent said that Rushdie was “on a respirator and can’t speak”.
He said: “The news is not good and Rushdi may lose one of his eyes, the nerves in his hands have been cut and his liver has been stabbed and damaged.”
NYPD confirmed that Rushdie had been stabbed in the neck, noting that he also suffered a minor head injury.
The writer was transported in helicopter to receive treatment after being attacked.
Rushdie’s agent reported that the writer had undergone surgery, while the New York State governor claimed that a policeman saved Rushdie’s life while he was assaulted.
New York police identified the attacker as Hadi Matar, 24, from New Jersey, and the reason for the attack is still unknown.
Several hours after the incident, police indicated that Rushdie was still undergoing emergency surgery, explaining that those present managed to bring down the assailant and arrest him.
Iran has offered a prize of around $ 3 million to anyone who kills the British writer Rushdie.
Rushdie was stabbed while giving a speech at the “Chutocoa” Foundation, after a man carrying a knife attacked, punched and stabbed him, as a result of which the famous writer fell to the ground.
A video circulating on social shows Rushdie lying on the ground, trying to save him from some people around him, while the attacker was held and thrown to the ground by those present.
One of the most popular and controversial writers of the 20th century, Rushdie is a British Indian writer and writer. He has written several novels and short stories that have continued to capture the interest of both critics and the public even today.
And it caused widespread controversy and protests, culminating in the issuance of a fatwa by Khomeini to shed his blood against the backdrop of the book “The Satanic Verses” about his life in years past.
The 75-year-old was born in India and has lived in the United States since 2000, where he was awarded the title of “Outstanding Writer” by New York University in 2015.