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The man arrested on Friday in the stabbing attack on famed writer Salman Rushdie has been identified by police as a New Jersey man, law enforcement officials told the Post that he sympathizes with the Iranian government, which is calling for Rushdie’s death.
Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, was arrested after storming the crime scene at the Chautauqua facility in western New York and allegedly stabbing the offender multiple times, New York state police said Friday.
Rushdie suffered stab wounds to his neck and stomach and underwent surgery at a nearby trauma center Friday night, police say.
Law enforcement sources tell the Post that an initial investigation suggests Matar posted messages on social media in support of Iran and its Revolutionary Guards and in support of Shia extremism in general.
JUST IN: Author Salman Rushdie’s alleged attacker has been identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, officials say. Rushdie was stabbed “at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen.” https://t.co/TML9Ty3QS0 pic.twitter.com/3W3xcZtZUs
— ABC News (@ABC) August 12, 2022
However, NYPD said Matar’s motive was unclear.
“We have no indication at this time as to why,” said Maj. Eugene J. Staniszewski. He added that police believe Matar acted alone.
In any case, the attack comes amid a series of foiled Iranian plots on American soil, including a plot against former national security adviser John Bolton and an apparent assassination attempt on an Iranian-American journalist in Brooklyn.
Rushdie, 75, has received death threats from the Iranian regime since the late 1980s.
His 1988 novel The Satanic Verses was considered blasphemous by some Muslims, prompting Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa, or edict, in 1989 calling for Rushdie’s death.
In 1991, two translators involved in publishing the book abroad were stabbed, one to death.
In the late 1990s, the Iranian government declared that the fatwa would not be carried out.
But recently, in 2012, a semi-official religious organization in Iran placed a bounty of over $3 million on the author’s head, and in 2019, Khomeni’s successor was temporarily banned from Twitter for calling for Rushdie’s death.
The author was stabbed to death ahead of a scheduled speech about “the United States as a haven for writers and other artists in exile and a home for freedom of creative expression,” according to the institution’s website.
The charges against Matar have yet to be announced.