Police name ‘lone knifeman’ accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie in the neck

New York State Patrol officers detained Hadi Matar (left) shortly after the stabbing of Salman Rushdie (right) (Picture: Charles Fox via AP)

Police have identified the suspect in the stabbing of novelist Sir Salman Rushdie.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, was taken into custody by the New York State Patrol immediately after the Friday morning stabbing.

Law enforcement officials speaking in Jamestown, New York, alleged that the suspect jumped on stage and stabbed the writer at least once in the neck and once in the abdomen.

Authorities believe he was acting alone.

The 75-year-old Indian-born British author is still currently undergoing surgery, police confirmed.

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