Who is Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old man who stabbed Salman Rushdie in New York

13 August 2022 03:19 PM
  • Who is Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old man who stabbed Salman Rushdie in New York

Salman Rushdie's attacker was identified as Hadi Matar (24) from New Jersey, by New York Police.

Moments after author Salman Rushdie was attacked on Friday, authorities arrested the man who stabbed the author. New York Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar (24) from Fairview, New Jersey.

Major Eugene Staniszewski of the New York State Police told media on Friday that the suspect, Hadi Matar, jumped on the stage soon after Rushdie was introduced and “stabbed him at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen”.

The president of New York's Chautauqua institute, where Rushdie was to give a speech said the attacker had a pass to access the grounds “just the way any other patron would have”.

Major Staniszewski said authorities are in the "process of obtaining search warrants for various items. There was a backpack located at the scene. There were also electronic devices".

He added that the investigation is still in its initial stages and there is no indication of a motive at the moment. The New York Police are working with the FBI and the sheriff’s office to determine the motive behind the attack, said Staniszewski.

He further said that at the moment, it is assumed that the suspect was "working alone" but they are investigating to make sure that was the case.

Indian-born author Salman Rushdie was stabbed on Friday as he was about to deliver a lecture in western New York's Chautauqua institute. He was taken to a hospital by helicopter where he underwent surgery to treat his injuries.

According to his book agent Andrew Wylie, Rushdie might lose an eye after the attack. Wylie added that the nerves in Rushdie’s arms were severed and his liver was damaged after he was stabbed in the torso.

Rushdie was scheduled to give a talk on artistic freedom at the Chautauqua Institution where he was stabbed.

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