Police have identified the suspect who attacked Rushdie as 24-year-old Hadi Matar
The motive behind the attack is not yet known
Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and stomach
Washington. New York State Police have identified the suspect in the attack on The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie as 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, although the motive behind the attack is not yet known. State Police Troop Commander Major Eugene J. The suspect in the attack has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, Stanijewski said at a news conference. The suspect attacked Salman Rushdie at least once in the neck and once in the stomach.
According to a report in news agency ANI, New York Governor Cathy Hochul said that writer Salman Rushdie is alive and has been taken to a safe local hospital. New York State Police said in a statement that writer Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and taken to hospital. A suspect has been taken into custody. Police said Rushdie suffered a head injury in the attack.
Significantly, Salman Rushdie had to face death threats for his book ‘The Satanic Verses’. A fatwa was also issued against him. Rushdie made headlines in 1981 with his novel ‘Midnight’s Children’. After the release of his book The Satanic Verses, the then leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa. Because of this he was forced to remain hidden for many years.
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Veteran Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar has reacted to the incident and condemned the barbaric attack. Javed Akhtar tweeted, ‘I condemn the barbaric attack on Salman Rushdie. I hope the New York police and court will take strict action against the attack. While British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, ‘Shocked that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed, my condolences are with his loved ones. We are all umpiring that he is fine. British Home Minister Priti Patel said: ‘I am deeply shocked by the unprovoked and senseless attack on Sir Salman Rushdie. My condolences to Sir Salman and his family.
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First Published: 13 August 2022, 05:48 IST