The Salman Rushdie’s attacker identified as Hadi Matar, 42since the author remains in the operating room after having beenstabbed at least 15 times by the back.
ABCNews reported that Matar, of New Jersey, is in the custody of the New York State Police.
His agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that the writer of ‘The Satanic Verses’ He is in surgery for his injuries, but did not have an update on his condition.
Rushdie was attacked when he was being introduced onstage for the CHQ 2022 event in Chautauquanear Buffalo, this Friday morning.
Witnesses say it was stabbed 10 to more than 15 times when a man jumped on him after he went on stage.
They say the assailant managed to get off stage after the stabbing, before being pinned down as people rushed to help Rushdie, who was sitting up when he was attacked.
Blood was seen splattered on the wall behind where Rushdie had been attacked.
A male suspect is being held by the New York State Police after being arrested almost immediately after the bloodbath.
An interviewer who spoke with Rushdie also suffered a minor head injury.
Governor Kathy Hochul called the attack “heartbreaking” but stressed during a news conference that Rushdie was still alive and “receiving the attention you need at a local hospital.”
He also said that a state trooper “stood up and saved his life” after the attack.
Thousands of people at the event were shocked to see the attack and were later evicted when the attacker was apprehended.
Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ Banned in Iran Since 1988as many Muslims consider it blasphemous.
A year later, the late leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or edictasking for the Rushdie’s death, with a reward of more than 3 million dollars offered to anyone who kills Rushdie.
In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation increased the reward for Rushdie to $3.3 million.
Rushdie dismissed the threat at the time, saying that there was “no evidence” that people were interested in the reward.
That year, Rushdie published the memoir ‘Joseph Anton’ on the fatwa.
Rushdie continued to receive death threats and was forced to live in hiding under constant armed guard for nine years to keep him safe.
Born into a liberal Muslim family, Rushdie, a father of two, is married to his third wife, 51-year-old writer and model Padma Lakshami.
I know became an atheist before being knighted for services to literature in 2007. (Reuters)