October 4, 2022

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Know about Hadi Matar, who stabbed Salman Rushdie

Police are still checking the records of the attacker.

New Delhi:
Writer Salman Rushdie was attacked with a knife during a literary event in New York on Friday evening. He was injured in the attack and admitted to hospital. There he is kept on ventilator. It is said that one of his eyes may have been damaged. Rushdie was about to deliver a speech on stage when he was attacked. The attacker has been identified as 24-year-old Haddy Mather of New Jersey.

5 things to know about Salman Rushdie’s attack

  1. Hadi Mather’s social media accounts were initially found to be sympathetic to ‘Shia extremism’ and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

  2. However, no direct link between Hadi Matar and the IRGC has been found so far. But pictures of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in 2020, were found on his phone’s messaging app.

  3. Rushdie was about to give a speech at the Chautauqua Institute near New York City when Hadi Mather jumped on the stage and attacked him with a knife. Henry Rees, who was a middle defender there, also suffered a head injury in the attack.

  4. Police believe Hadi Mather ‘acted alone’. However, authorities are “attempting to obtain search warrants for various items. A bag and electronic device were also found at the location.”

  5. Haddie Mather is a resident of Fairview, New Jersey. Authorities are still investigating his citizenship and his criminal record, if any.

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