Hadi Matar: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Hadi Matar and Salman Rushdie

Hadi Matar was named as the suspect accused of stabbing the “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.

Rushdie was stabbed at a literary event in New York State on August 12, 2022, and the aftermath was captured on video.

Videos and photos showed the celebrated author lying on the ground as people gave him medical assistance. One video captured a man saying, “Oh my God” over and over again as the attack unfolded.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Suspect Stabbed or Punched Rushdie 10-15, a Witness Says

According to the Associated Press, a reporter saw the suspect “punch or stab him 10 to 15 times as he was being introduced. The author was pushed or fell to the floor, and the man was arrested.”


2. New York’s Governor Said Rushdie Has ‘Spent Decades Speaking Truth to Power’

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul told CNN that Rushdie is “alive” and “getting the care he needs.” A state trooper “stood up and saved his life and protected him as well as the moderator who was attacked as well,” the governor told CNN.

“Here is an individual who has spent decades speaking truth to power,” the governor said to CNN. “Someone who has been out there unafraid, despite the threats that have followed him his entire adult life it seems.”

According to The Guardian, Rushdie was in surgery after the attack.


3. Videos Showed People Helping Rushdie & Him Being Rushed to a Helicopter

One video (see above) showed Rushdie lying on the ground in the auditorium, surrounded by people