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Who is Hadi Matar, man who stabbed Salman Rushdie?

Salman Rushdie’s attacker was identified by New York police as Hadi Matar, aged 24, from New Jersey.

Hadi Matar (24) is taken away by authorities after attacking author Salman Rushdie. (Image from Twitter)


  • Author Salman Rushdie was stabbed at an event in New York.
  • New York police identified the attacker as Hadi Matar, 24, from New Jersey.
  • Police arrested Hadi Matar shortly after the attack.

Shortly after author Salman Rushdie was attacked on Friday, authorities arrested the man who stabbed the author. New York Police Department identified the suspect as Hadi Matar, age 24, of Fairview, New Jersey.


New York State Police Major Eugene Staniszewski told media on Friday that the suspect, Hadi Matar, jumped onstage shortly after Rushdie was introduced and “stab him at least once in the neck and at least once in the stomach.”

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Authorities escort Hadi Matar (24) after he assaulted Salman Rushdie. (Image from Twitter)

The president of the Chautauqua Institute in New York, where Rushdie was due to give a speech, said the attacker had an access pass to enter the grounds “as any other patron would have”.

Major Staniszewski said authorities are in the process of obtaining search warrants for several items. A backpack was present at the scene. There were also electronic devices.

He added that the investigation is still in its early stages and there is no evidence of a motive at this time. New York police are working with the FBI and the sheriff’s office to determine the motive behind the attack, Staniszewski said.

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He went on to say that it is currently believed the suspect was “working alone”, but they are investigating whether that was the case.

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Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie was stabbed Friday as he was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York. He was taken by helicopter to a hospital where he was operated on for his injuries.

According to his book agent Andrew Wylie, Rushdie could lose an eye after the attack. Wylie added that nerves in Rushdie’s arms had been severed and his liver had been damaged after being stabbed in the torso.

Rushdie was due to give a lecture on artistic freedom at the Chautauqua Institute where he was stabbed.

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