Salman Rushdie's alleged attacker charged with attempted murder

8/13/2022 6:03:00 PM

Hadi Matar, 24, was taken into custody after the author was stabbed on stage in New York.

BREAKING: The man accused of brutally attacking Salman Rushdie has been charged with attempted murder. New York state police have named the suspected knifeman as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey.

Hadi Matar, 24, was taken into custody after the author was stabbed on stage in New York.

New York state police have named the suspected knifeman as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey.He was taken into custody following the incident.Ali Tehfe, mayor of Yaroun in the south of Lebanon, said that the suspect was the son of a man from the town.

The suspect’s parents emigrated to the United States and he was born and raised there, the mayor added.Investigators will seek to determine if the alleged attacker had ties or sympathies with Shi’ite extremist groups like Hezbollah.The Lebanese organisation, which has links to terrorist groups, told Reuters it had no involvement or contact with the suspect.

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The man accused of brutally attacking Sir Salman Rushdie has been charged with attempted murder.Listen to this article Loading audio.In a press conference held in Jamestown, New York, police officials alleged the suspect jumped on stage and stabbed the writer at least once in the neck and once in the abdomen.Author Salman Rushdie has been attacked while on stage in New York, police have reported.

New York state police have named the suspected knifeman as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey. He was taken into custody following the incident.. Ali Tehfe, mayor of Yaroun in the south of Lebanon, said that the suspect was the son of a man from the town. He was subjected to a fatwa and years of death threats after writing The Satanic Verses. The suspect’s parents emigrated to the United States and he was born and raised there, the mayor added. It follows the death of John MacKinnon, 47, after a firearm was discharged on the Isle of Skye on Wednesday morning. Investigators will seek to determine if the alleged attacker had ties or sympathies with Shi’ite extremist groups like Hezbollah., a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer,” a statement read.

The Lebanese organisation, which has links to terrorist groups, told Reuters it had no involvement or contact with the suspect. Three others were taken to hospital following the incidents, including a man, 63, who was in a "critical" condition on Thursday, and a 32-year-old woman, named locally as Rowena MacDonald, whose injuries have been described as "serious". New York governor Kathy Hochul said that a state police officer saved his life and that of the moderator, who she said was also attacked. Sir Salman was about to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution , in Chautauqua some 65 miles south-west of Buffalo, when the incident occurred. The 75-year-old writer is on a ventilator in hospital with severed nerves in his arm, a damaged liver and a badly injured eye he is expected to lose. He has required police protection since 1989 when the Iranian ayatollah issued a fatwa instructing his followers to kill him after the release of his novel The Satanic Verses. But here is an individual who has spent decades speaking truth to power, someone who's been out there unafraid, despite the threats that have followed him his entire adult life. This is a breaking news story, more to follow soon… Check back shortly for further updates. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

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