New York State Police have identified the suspect in the Salman Rushdie assault as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey, while the motive behind the action remains unknown.
“The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey. Earlier today, around 10:47 a.m., speakers Rushdie, 75, and Henry Reese, 73, had just arrived on the institute’s stage. and shortly after. the suspect jumped off the stage and struck at least once in the neck and at least once in the stomach,” Major Eugene J. Staniszewski, Commander of the State Police Squadron, said in a statement. news conference.
Police added that several members of the organization and the audience quickly responded to the incident and brought the suspect to the ground.
Major Staniszewski said a doctor in the auditorium “immediately gave Rushdie first aid” after being stabbed. Authorities have not released much information about the suspect.
Earlier, Salman Rushdie, who faced death threats in his book ‘The Satanic Verses’, was “stabbed” on stage in Western New York state.
Earlier, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said the author was still alive and had been transported to a local hospital.
“He is alive and has been transported, airlifted, to safety… The event moderator was also attacked; he is receiving the necessary care at a local hospital,” she said. speak.
New York State Police said in a statement that a male suspect ran onto the stage before a speaking event at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua and attacked Rushdie.
It said the author suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. One suspect has been detained.
The Rushdie interviewer was also assaulted during the incident and he suffered minor head injuries, police said.
“State Police are investigating the assault on author Salman Rushdie prior to a speaking event at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY,” the statement said.
The 55-year-old author, who featured his novel ‘Midnight Children’ in 1981, received the award for his 1988 book. The book The Verses of Satan led to a fatwa, a religious decree, by then-Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The threat forced him into hiding for several years.
Reacting to the incident, veteran Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar condemned the barbaric attack. “I condemn the barbaric attack on Salman Rushdie by some fanatics. I hope that NY police and courts will take the strongest possible action against the attacker,” Javed Akhtar tweeted.
Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, “Horrible that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending. My thoughts are with those of you right now. his dear. We all hope he’s okay.”
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “Shocked and appalled to hear of the gratuitous and senseless attack on Sir Salman Rushdie. Freedom of speech is a value we hold dear. and attempts to sabotage it are not tolerated. I think so. Salman and his family.”
“State Police are investigating an attack on author Salman Rushdie prior to a speaking event at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY,” the statement said. American author Stephen King said: “I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.”
Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, said they could not think of an overtly violent attack on a writer on American soil that could compare.
“PEN America is reeling with shock and horror at the words of a brutal, pre-planned attack on our former President and staunch ally, Salman Rushdie, who is believed to have been killed. stabbed several times while on stage speaking at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York,” Nossel said.
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