MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie remained hospitalized Saturday after suffering serious injuries in a stabbing attack as he was about to speak in western New York. Rushdie’s agent says the 75-year-old suffered a damaged liver, severed nerves in an arm and an eye, and was on a ventilator and unable to speak. Rushdie was likely to lose the injured eye. Rushdie’s novel “The Satanic Verses” drew death threats from Iran’s leader in the 1980s. Authorities identified the alleged attacker as 24-year-old Hadi Matar and said he was facing attempted murder and assault charges. A message was left with his lawyer seeking comment.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians are reacting with praise and worry over the attack on novelist Salman Rushdie — the target of a decades-old fatwa by the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for his death. It remains unclear why Rushdie’s attacker, identified by police as Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, stabbed the author as he prepared to speak at an event Friday in western New York. Iran’s theocratic government and its state-run media have assigned no motive to the assault as well. But in Tehran, some willing to speak to The Associated Press offered praise for an attack targeting a writer they believe tarnished the Islamic faith with his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses.”

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A year after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, prominent Afghan human rights activist Sima Samar is still heartbroken over what happened to her country. The former minister of women’s affairs said in an interview Friday that it’s a sad anniversary for most Afghans. Samar is now a visiting scholar at Harvard and has written the first draft of an autobiography. She urged the international community to keep up the pressure on the Taliban to allow all girls to attend secondary school. She also stressed the importance of education for young boys, who without any schooling or skills could be at risk of getting involved in opium production, weapons smuggling or participating in violence.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials say Russia’s military shelled residential areas across Ukraine while their own fighters damaged the last working bridge over a river in occupied southern Ukraine, hurting Russia’s ability to resupply its military. The mayor of the eastern city of Kramatorsk said a Russian rocket attack killed three people and wounded 13 others Friday night. Further west, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region reported more Russian shelling of a city not far from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Ukrainian military intelligence alleged that Russian troops also shelled the plant. The Russian Defense Ministry, meanwhile, claimed Saturday its forces had taken control of a village on the outskirts of city that pro-Moscow seized in 2014.