Detectives announced this afternoon that they have arrested a 27-year-old man in relation to the attack.
The suspect had made off on foot and was detained a short time later, the PSNI say.
The victim is aged 28, and was in a back garden in Mill Race “when he was approached from behind and slashed across the neck with a Stanley knife”, the PSNI said.
Mill Race is at the top of the Monagh Bypass in a republican-dominated district of the city; it is high in the Belfast hills, and is made up of a couple of streets filled with small bungalows.
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The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries which will require surgery, but more about his condition is not known.
Detectives at Musgrave CID are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them by calling 101, quoting reference 1826 10/07/21.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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