The man arrested this Friday for the attack on British author Salman Rushdie is known as Hadi Mather.
Suspicious There are 24 years and lives in Fairview, New Jersey, New York State Police spokesman Eugene J. Staniszewski said.
Had a pass to kill Rushdie, 75, was attending a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute in northwestern New York state, a police spokesman said.
Staniszewski noted that while the writer and host of the event were on stage, the man climbed onto the stage and attacked Rushdie. At least one stab wound to the neck and one to the stomachand Assessor Henry Rees was slightly wounded.
“The news is not good. Salman Maybe lose an eyeNerves were severed in his arm and his liver was punctured and damaged,” said his book agent, Andrew Wylie.
According to the story of the police spokesperson, the employees of the organization of the event and the spectators jumped on the attacker and knocked him down. He was later arrested.
Rushdi was first helped by A Medical A bystander, like Reese, suffered facial injuries but was later released.
Staniszewski said the police He had no “indication of intent” to attack.
Referring to the attack against the British writer, New York State Governor Cathy Hochul vowed that “a state police officer stood up and saved his life, protecting him and the moderator.”
A witness in the audience told the US press The New York Times Who saw how? A tall thin man He jumped on the stage and punched Rushdie three or four times in the face, and then he saw the blood: “I was covered in blood, and the blood was spilling all over the floor. His eyes and cheeks were bleeding.”
A writer identified as Carl Lewan who attended the event, Rushdie wrote on his Twitter account.He was stabbed multiple times before the attacker is subdued by defenses.”
Many people participated There are no restrictions Baggage, metal detectors or other security measures at the entrance to the event.
The writer has been transferred Ayer Hospital of Pennsylvania By helicopter.
Awkwardness and secrecy
Rushdie, who has lived in the US since 2000, had planned to attend a conference of the City of Salem organization. Artist in exile in the United States” with organization president Henry Rees.
Rushdie’s lecture was entitled “Excessive Accommodation” and dealt with the characteristics of America. Land of refuge and a home for creative freedom of expression.”
In 1989, Rushdie received a death threat through a fatwa (a legal pronouncement in Islam) issued by the then Ayatollah of Iran. Ruhollah KhomeiniFor his novel “The Satanic Verses”.
Job considered Blasphemy By the Muslims, huge sums were paid to those who killed the writer.
Rushdie was forced to live there Secret For many years.
The death threat has strained relations between the UK and Iran for more than a decade.
The Iranian government has so far remained silent on the attack.
However, the main official agency IRNA published on its English service: “Apostate author of The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie attacked in New York (…) Rushdie authored ‘The Satanic Verses’, defamation 1988 novel about Islam that provoked people Anger of MuslimsThe culmination of Imam Khomeini’s fatwa on Rushdie’s death.”
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