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Who is Hadi Matar and Why did He Stab Salman Rushdie?

According to the investigators, the suspect, Hadi Matar, 24, is a New Jersey native.



His most recent address was in Fairview, a borough of Bergen County that lies immediately to the west of Manhattan across the Hudson River.

On Friday evening, it was apparent that FBI agents were entering Matar’s house.



Maj. Eugene Staniszewski of the State Police stated that it was unknown why the victim was stabbed.

According to a law enforcement official with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, Matar is sympathetic to causes related to Shia radicalism and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps based on a preliminary law enforcement analysis of his social media accounts.


Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie

Although there are no confirmed connections to the IRGC, the official claims that the immediate impression is that he is sympathetic to the Iranian government organization.

The attacker, according to spectator Kathleen Jones, was wearing all-black clothing and a mask.

The attacker jumped onto the platform and began beating Mr. Rushdie. You initially wonder, “What’s going on?” In a matter of seconds, it became immediately evident that he was being stabbed,” stated Savenor.

A New York State Trooper detained Matar after Rushdie was shoved or knocked to the ground, and he was being held in custody while being arraigned.



As of now, it is unclear what charges he would face for the attack on the author of “The Satanic Verses,” whose life was threatened by the leader of Iran in the 1980s.

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