Salman Rushdie’s attacker: Who is Hadi Matar?

As author Salman Rushdie battles for his life on ventilator help in a New York hospital, police on Friday recognized the attacker as 24-year-old Hadi Matar from New Jersey. 

Police stated Rushdie,75, was stabbed within the neck and the stomach. He was instantly administered emergency medical care. Rushdie was attending an occasion in Chautauqua Institution close to Buffalo metropolis when the assault befell. The India-born author was instantly airlifted to a hospital. Health officers say the author might lose an eye fixed.

Who is Hadi Matar?

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Reports say Matar ran onto the stage the place Rushdie was seated and stabbed him repeatedly earlier than he was subdued. Matar lives in Fairfield, New Jersey. New York police stated Matar’s motive remained unclear.

Reports say police have begun looking Matar’s residence in New Jersey with little or no recognized in regards to the suspect to this point. Matar was taken down as members within the viewers reacted to subdue him amid shock and confusion on the occasion. Reports declare Matar was wearing black and was carrying a black masks.

Watch: Salman Rushdie attacked in New York

Matar is at present in police custody and hasn’t been charged but as police proceed their investigation. New York Police and FBI collectively are investigating the case. Reports declare Hadi Matar had sympathies in the direction of Iran and reportedly had a Facebook web page with a photograph of Ayatollah Khomeini who had issued a Fatwa towards the author in 1989 after the guide The Satanic Verses was printed.

What is the controversy surrounding the Satanic Verses?

Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Khomeini had issued a fatwa towards Salman Rushdie in February 1989 after the guide “The Satanic Verses” was printed. Khomeini directed his supporters to kill the author since the Iran chief claimed the guide insulted Islam.

Khomeini had introduced a $2.8-million bounty for killing Rushdie. The British authorities moved shortly to supply the Indian-origin author with top-level safety.

(With inputs from Agencies)


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