Iran’s Kihan media praised the assassin of controversial author Salman Rushdie. In 1989, a fatwa was issued calling for his assassination from Iran. “Well done to the brave and responsible man who attacked the apostate and sinner Salman Rushdie,” the newspaper wrote. Khabar al-Arabiyahar.
The attack comes 30 years after Iran’s top religious leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s death. However, no official statement was received from Iran regarding this attack.
However, Mohammad Marandi, adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiations team in Vienna, said, “I will not shed tears for any writer who promotes endless hate, hates Muslims and Islam. But isn’t it quite strange that, as we approach a possible nuclear negotiation, the United States is talking about an attack on John Bolton and such an incident has occurred?
John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to former US President Donald Trump.
Controversial writer Salman Rushdie was stabbed before giving a speech at a literary conference in New York. He was put on artificial respiration. According to reports, one of his eyes may be destroyed. The attacker has already been identified.
According to NDTV, the 24-year-old attacker, named Hadi Matar, is from New Jersey.
A review of his social media accounts revealed that he is sympathetic to the Shia sect and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
However, it was not confirmed that he had any direct contact with the Revolutionary Guards. But photos of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani were found on his cellphone’s messaging app. Soleimani was killed in a US assassination on January 3, 2020.
Rushdie was on his way to speak at a literary conference at the Shatokawa Institute in New York City. That’s when Hadi Matar jumped on him. In addition to Rushdie, his interviewer Henry Rees was injured.
Police believe that Hadi Matar alone was involved in the knife attack on Rushdie. Police are seizing everything from backpacks to electronic devices from the scene. Hadi lived in Fairview, New Jersey. Whether he has any previous criminal record against him; Police are investigating it.