Salman Rushdie’s attacker is being hailed by Iran’s state media for “ripping the throat of the enemy of God with a knife”.

Iran’s state media frostily hailed Salman Rushdie’s attacker as a “brave and dutiful man” after the author was stabbed in the neck.

Rushdie, 75, has been hospitalized after being stabbed multiple times in New York yesterday after years of receiving death threats over his novel The Satanic Verses.

Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times at an event in New York on Friday

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Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times at an event in New York on FridayPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
Rushdie received treatment at the scene before being flown to the hospital

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Rushdie received treatment at the scene before being flown to the hospitalPhoto Credit: AP:Associated Press
Iranian women are seen holding banners reading'Holly Koran' and'Kill Salman Rushdie' during a 1989 demonstration

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Iranian women are seen holding banners reading ‘Holly Koran’ and ‘Kill Salman Rushdie’ during a 1989 demonstrationPhoto credit: AFP
Police believe Rushdie's alleged attacker - Hadi Matar, 24 - is sympathetic to the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard

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Police believe Rushdie’s alleged attacker – Hadi Matar, 24 – is sympathetic to the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary GuardPhoto credit: Twitter

The Indian-born writer is on a ventilator and suffers from severed nerves and a damaged liver.

While Rushdie remains hospitalized, the Iranian dictatorship has hailed the horror attack, branding him an “apostate” and a “heretic” as they praised his attacker for “snapping the neck of the enemy of God with a knife.”

More than 30 years ago, the regime demanded the assassination of Rushdie and forced him into hiding.

US law enforcement officials revealed last night that an initial investigation suggests Rushdie’s alleged attacker – Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey – sympathizes with the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

Iran’s ultra-conservative newspaper Kayhan praised the stabbing in today’s edition, with its boss Hossein Shariatmadari calling Rushdie “depraved”.

He said: “Bravo to this brave and dutiful man who attacked the renegade and depraved Salman Rushdie in New York.

“Let us kiss the hands of him who tore the throat of the enemy of God with a knife.”

FARS News, another regime-owned newspaper, accused Rushdie of insulting “the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)” with the book’s “anti-religious content.”

The attack also sparked a series of obnoxious tweets.

Kevyan Saedy, a conservative Iranian expert, wrote: “This deserves congratulations: God willing, we will celebrate that Salman Rushdie is going to hell soon.”

Conservative social media activist Hossein Saremi said a “lion” struck Rushdie, with the attacker being part of “Islam’s Soldiers Without Borders”.

Rushdie was being pictured giving a talk on artistic freedom to hundreds of people at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York when a man stormed the stage and lunged at the novelist, who has been living on a bounty since the late 1980s.

Horrified attendees rushed to his aid with images from the scene show, in which Rushdie lay on the stage as a crowd surrounded him.

Blood was splattered on a screen in the classroom and on a chair Rushdie was sitting in.

He was flown to the hospital, where he remains and cannot speak.

Andrew Wylie, his books agent, said: “The news is not good.

“Salman is likely to lose an eye; the nerves in his arm have been severed; and his liver has been stabbed and damaged.”

Rushdie, who was born to a Kashmiri Muslim family in Bombay, now Mumbai, before moving to the UK, faced lengthy death threats over his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses.

After its release in 1988, it was banned in many countries with large Muslim populations.

A few months later, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s supreme leader at the time, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling on Muslims to kill the writer and anyone involved in the book’s publication for blasphemy.

‘TERRIFIC’

Rushdie, who called his novel “pretty bland,” went into hiding for nearly a decade.

Hitoshi Igarashi, the novel’s Japanese translator, was assassinated in 1991.

The Iranian government said it would no longer support the fatwa in 1998, and Rushdie has lived relatively openly in recent years.

Iranian organizations, some linked to the government, have put up a million-dollar bounty for Rushdie’s murder.

And Khomeini’s successor as supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said as recently as 2019 that the fatwa was “irrevocable”.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency and other news outlets donated money in 2016 to increase the bounty by $600,000 (£500,000).

Fars, in his account of Friday’s attack, called Rushdie an apostate who “insulted the Prophet.”

Matar, from New Jersey, had an access pass to the event and is in custody.

State police said they recovered a backpack and electronic devices from the scene.

Cops and undercover cops were photographed at Matar’s home in Fairview last night.

The 24-year-old reportedly stormed the stage and began attacking Rushdie – who was set to speak alongside author Henry Reese.

Witnesses told AP News Rushdie fell through a barrier to the ground and was seen with blood on his hands.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan called the incident “appalling”.

He said: “We are grateful to the good citizens and first responders for helping him so quickly.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled that Rushdie “was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending”.

Bloodstains are marked behind a screen where Rushdie was sitting

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Bloodstains are marked behind a screen where Rushdie was sittingCredit: AP
Police say Matar stormed the stage and began attacking the author

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Police say Matar stormed the stage and began attacking the authorCredit: AP
Rushdies remains hospitalized on a ventilator

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Rushdies remains hospitalized on a ventilatorPhoto credit: Reuters
Cops, including plainclothes officers, at Matar's home in Fairview last night

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Cops, including plainclothes officers, at Matar’s home in Fairview last nightPhoto credit: Reuters

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