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Salman Rushdie's attackers were 'surprised' to learn the author survived the stabbing

The man charged with stabbing Salman Rushdie at a lecture hall in western New York said in an interview that the skilled author survived the attack. .

Hadi Matar, speaking to the New York Post from prison, decided to meet Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institute last winter about the writer's upcoming appearances. He said it was after he saw a tweet from

"I don't like that man. I don't think he is a very nice person," Matar told the newspaper. We attacked beliefs, belief systems.”

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Matar, 24, said he considered the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini a "great man," but in 1989 Khomeini was killed in Iran. It did not say whether it was following the fatwa it issued or the royal decree. The author published "Devil's Verse".

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Iran denies involvement in attack. Matar, who lives in Fairview, New Jersey, said he had no contact with Iran's Revolutionary Guard. He told the Post that he had only read "a few pages" of "The Satanic Verse."

Rushdie, 75, suffered liver damage in Friday's attack and severed the nerves in his arm and eye, according to his agent. His agent, Andrew Wiley, said his condition had improved and was on the road to recovery.

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Mattar, who has been charged with attempted murder and assault, had taken a bus to Buffalo the day before the attack and then traveled to the chateau, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) away. We took Lyft to Kuah.

He bought a pass to the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution and slept on the lawn the night before Rushdie's scheduled lecture.

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Matar was born in the United States but holds dual citizenship in Lebanon, where his parents were born. increase. His mother said in an interview with reporters that Matar had traveled to see his father in Lebanon in 2018, but had since changed and returned. 67}

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