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TEHRAN: Iranians reacted with reward and fear on Saturday over the assault on novelist Salman Rushdie, the goal of a decades-old fatwa by the late Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for his demise. It stays unclear why Rushdie’s attacker, recognized by police as Hadi Matar of New Jersey, stabbed the creator as he ready to talk at an occasion Friday in western New York. Iran’s theocratic authorities and its state-run media have assigned no motive to the assault. However in Tehran, some prepared to talk to AP provided reward for an assault focusing on a author they imagine tarnished the Islamic religion along with his 1988 ebook “The Satanic Verses.” Within the streets of Iran’s capital, pictures of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini nonetheless peer down at passers-by. “I don’t know Salman Rushdie, however I’m glad to listen to that he was attacked since he insulted Islam,” stated Reza Amiri, 27, a deliveryman. Others, nevertheless, nervous aloud that Iran may turn into much more minimize off from the world as tensions stay excessive over its tattered nuclear deal. “I really feel those that did it try to isolate Iran,” stated Mahshid Barati, a 39-year-old geography instructor. “It will negatively have an effect on relations with many — even Russia and China.” Khomeini, unwell within the final yr of his life after the grinding, stalemate Nineteen Eighties Iran-Iraq conflict, issued the fatwa on Rushdie in 1989. The edict got here amid an uproar within the Muslim world over the novel, which some considered as blasphemously making solutions in regards to the Prophet Muhammad’s life. Early on Saturday, Iranian state media made a degree to notice one man recognized as being killed whereas attempting to hold out the fatwa. Lebanese nationwide Mustafa Mahmoud Mazeh died when a ebook bomb he had prematurely exploded in a London resort in 1989. The conservative newspaper Khorasan bore a big picture of Rushdie on a stretcher, its headline blaring: “Devil on the trail to hell.” However the fifteenth Khordad Basis — which put the over $3 million bounty on Rushdie — remained quiet initially of the working week. Staffers there declined to remark. Whereas fatwas will be revised or revoked, Iran’s present Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who took over after Khomeini has by no means performed so. “The choice made about Salman Rushdie remains to be legitimate,” Khamenei stated in 1989.

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