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Suspected Salman Rushdie Attacker From Bergen County

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Fairview NJ, according to police author Salman Rushdie was attacked and stabbed at least twice on stage Friday before giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.

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The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, State Police Troop Commander Major Eugene J. Staniszewski said in a Friday evening news conference. Police said they are working with the FBI and local authorities to determine what could have motivated the attack.

According to a twitter post ,”The man suspected of stabbing Salman Rushdie is named Hadi Matar but he was carrying this fake driver license at the time of his arrest.”

Authorities are also working to obtain search warrants for several items found at the scene, including a backpack and electronic devices, Staniszewski said. Authorities believe the suspect was alone but are investigating “to make sure that was the case,” Staniszewski added.

The suspect jumped onto the stage and stabbed Rushdie at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen, state police said. Staff and audience members rushed the suspect and put him on the ground before a state trooper took the attacker into custody.

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