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Iranian media hail Rushdie assassination: ‘Satan on his way to hell’

Iranian media cheer assassination attempt on Rushdie: “Satan on the way to hell”

The knife attack on the star author Salman Rushdie triggered howls of triumph in the Iranian media. They praised the attacker in the highest tones. In 1989, the then spiritual leader of Iran, Khomeini, called for the killing of Rushdie because of his novel The Satanic Verses.

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13. August 2022 15:49

The pro-government newspaper Kayhan, whose editor-in-chief will be appointed by Iran’s temporal and spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commented on Saturday: “A thousand bravos (…) for the courageous and dutiful person who defeated the renegade and evil Salman Rushdie in New attacked York”. And: “The hand of the man who wrung the neck of the enemy of God must be kissed.”

The assassination also moved the media in Iran.WHAT/AFP/ATTA KENARE

Asr Iran: Khomeini’s “arrow” hits its target one day

The headline in hard-line newspaper Vatan Emrooz read: “Knives in the Neck of Salman Rushdie”. The newspaper “Khorasan” carried the headline: “Satan on the way to Hell”. News site Asr Iran published a quote from Khamenei saying the “arrow” fired by former Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini will one day hit the target.

The media in Iran are enthusiastic: “Satan on the way to hell”

Hadi Matar (24), a sympathizer of the Iranian regime, attacked and seriously injured Rushdie at a literary event in New York State on Friday. The author of the “Satanic Verses”, whose killing the spiritual leader of Iran, Khomeini, had called for in 1989 for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed, was flown to a clinic in a rescue helicopter and operated on. He was put on a ventilator, according to his agent, and could lose an eye. The attacker was overwhelmed by onlookers and arrested by a police officer who was present. The motive of the 24-year-old from Fairfield in the US state of New Jersey, which is close to New York, was initially unclear.

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