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Salman Rushdie’s alleged attacker in contact with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: report

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The New Jersey man charged with stabbing famed novelist Salman Rushdie had been in direct contact with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on social media prior to Friday’s attack, according to a report.
Hadi Matar, 24, had communicated with “people either directly involved with or adjacent to” the Revolutionary Guard’s external operations force, Vice reported, citing a Middle Eastern intelligence official.
Other security officials cited by the outlet wouldn’t elaborate on the nature of Matar’s reported contact with the Revolutionary Guard, including who initiated the contact or when it took place.
“It’s unclear the extent of the involvement, if this was a directly supported assassination attempt or if it was a series of suggestions and directions in picking a target,” the Middle Eastern official reportedly said.

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