New Jersey Man Hadi Matar, Who is Suspected of Stabbing Author Salman Rushdie, Had Sympathies Toward Iranian Government

Law enforcement officers detain a person outside the Chautauqua Institution. Charles Fox via AP
Law enforcement officers detain a person outside the Chautauqua Institution. Charles Fox via AP

The man arrested in Friday’s stabbing of famed novelist Salman Rushdie was identified by police as a New Jersey man, who law enforcement sources tell The Post he had sympathies toward the Iranian government that has called for Rushdie’s death.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, was arrested after he stormed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York and allegedly stabbed the author multiple times, New York State Police said Friday.

Rushdie suffered stab wounds to the neck and abdomen, and remained in surgery at a nearby trauma center Friday evening, according to police.

Law enforcement sources told The Post that an initial investigation suggests Matar has made social media posts in support of Iran and its Revolutionary Guard, and in support of Shi’a extremism more broadly.

New York State Police, however, said that Matar’s motive remained unclear.

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Source: NY Post