Mr Rushdie has faced years of death threats ever since the 1981 publication of his novel The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims see as blasphemous. Image: AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images)Following the attack, Mr Wylie said Mr Rushdie had suffered severed nerves in one arm, damage to his liver, and would likely lose an eye. Image: AP) AP)"This was a targeted, unprovoked, pre-planned attack on Mr Rushdie," Mr Schmidt said. Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said: "Salman Rushdie has long embodied the struggle for liberty and freedom against those who seek to destroy them. US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said: "Today, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack against the writer Salman Rushdie.