Salman Rushdie is under artificial respiration and may lose one of his eyes

British writer Salman Rushdie is in hospital, where he was put on a respirator after a man who was arrested later attacked him, stabbing him in the neck and stomach during a conference in New York state.

"The news is not good," the writer's agent, Andrew Wiley, told the New York Times Friday night.

He said that 75-year-old Salman Rushdie "will likely lose one of his eyes, his arm's nerves have been cut, and his liver has been stabbed and damaged," noting that the writer is connected to a respirator.

The police announced that a man "rushed to the stage (the amphitheater) and attacked Salman Rushdie and his interlocutors," explaining that he "stabbed" the writer "in the neck" and "in his stomach."

The attacker was arrested immediately and is under investigation.

Major Stanisivsky said his name was Hadi Matar, 24, and he was from Fairfield, New Jersey.

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