According to the agent, Salman was temporarily put on a ventilator while in the hospital. new York Times Soon after the attack that “Salman is likely to have lost an eye, his arm nerves were broken, and his liver was damaged by being stabbed.”
stabbing suspect, New Jersey man Had matri, has since been arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charges,
Police are investigating the motive for the attack, which happened more than 30 years after Iran’s Ayatollah ruhollah khomeini issued a “fatwa” on Salman, calling on Muslims around the world to kill the author over his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, which the Supreme Leader condemned as blasphemy. The author remained in hiding for many years after the religious order was issued. It was officially maintained by the government of Iran until 1998 after the death of the Ayatollah.
A preliminary law enforcement review of the stabbing suspect’s social media accounts showed he sympathized with Shia extremism and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a law enforcement person with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News,
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