Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old man who has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly repeatedly stabbing author Salman Rushdie on Friday, had been in direct contact with members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on social media, European and Middle Eastern intelligence officials told VICE World News over the weekend.
The stabbing had all the signs of a “guided” attack, where an intelligence service inspires a supporter into taking action, without direct backing or involvement in the attack itself, according to a NATO counterterrorism official from a European country.
Security officials would not give further details on the nature of the social media contact because the investigation is ongoing.
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