Who Attacked Salman Rushdie? Everything You Need to Know About Hadi Matar

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The man who stabbed author Salman Rushdie on stage in West New York on Friday is a 24-year-old man from Fairview, New Jersey, according to experts. Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar, 24, in reports that circulated hours after the attack on the Indian author. Salman Rushdie, aged 75, was about to speak at a literary festival organized by the Chautauqua Institution late in the first part of the day when Hadi Matar allegedly jumped in front of the audience and stabbed him at least once in the neck and stomach, according to Eugene Staniszewski of the New York State Police.

Observers and staff at the institution attacked Hadi Matar and tackled him after stabbing him, Maj Eugene Staniszewski added. A state trooper and a local sheriff’s deputy working security at the lecture moved in at that moment and arrested Hadi Matara. A specialist who went to Salman Rushdie’s speech treated the injured author until a helicopter crew could take him to hospital where he underwent medical treatment.

Who is Hadi Matar Suspected Salman Rushdie Attacker?

Salman Rushdie attacker Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, has been identified as the attacker who stabbed renowned author Salman Rushdie before his speech in New York. He was captured by the New York State Police minutes after the attack. Salman Rushdie, who has faced Islamist death threats for quite some time after delivering the ‘Satanic Verses’, was stabbed in front of an audience on Friday as he was introduced at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York.

Hadi Matar is identified as the prime suspect in the stabbing attack on author Salman Rushdie. He is from Fairview, New Jersey and is 24 years old. According to the police, Hadi Matar jumped onto the stage shortly after Salman Rushdie was introduced and “stabbed him no less than once in the neck and no less than once in the abdomen”.

A preliminary check of Hadi Matar’s social media accounts through a police check to be considerate of Shia extremism and the reasons of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), police with direct information about the examination told NBC News. However, there is no immediate link between Hadi Matar and the IRGC, police reportedly found images of slain commander Qassem Solemani and an Iraqi fanatic lashing out at the Iranian regime on a messaging app hosted by Hadi Matar, according to NBC News. Qassem Soleimani was a senior Iranian military official who served in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from 1998 until his death in 2020.

After Salman Rushdie was stabbed, Hadi Matar was reported to be sympathetic to “Shia radicalism” and reasons for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Salman Rushdie faced death threats from Islamists quite a while after he delivered the “Satanic Verses,” for which he received a fatwa, a religious declaration, from Iran’s then-revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The threat forced him into hiding for quite some time. Since the 1980s, the folding of Salman Rushdie has led to death threats from Iran, which has offered a reward of US$3 million (generally Rs 24 million) for anyone who kills him.

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