Toronto Girl's Hijab Reportedly Cut Off By Man With Scissors, Say Police

Toronto Girl's Hijab Reportedly Cut Off By Man With Scissors, Say Police

There has been no word on if the girl was injured during the attacks.

"I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is and that is not who Canadians are".

Police are investigating this as a hate crime, but the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General will need to approve any hate crime related charges associated with the assault. "In the meantime, we're offering supports to the impacted student and her family", said Bird.

'I screamed, ' Noman said.

Khawlah said she told the man "What you're doing is really wrong, you should not act like this, and especially, I'm a kid". We followed this crowd of people to be safe.

The girl was reportedly attacked twice, ten minutes apart.

Speaking at a press conference Friday, the victim, 11-year-old Khawlah Noman, says the man smiled at her when he cut her hijab. "You should not act like this".

Norm Kelly, the area's city councillor, responded to the incident by saying there was "no place in Canadian society for hate crime - whether large or small", adding, "I'll be asking my followers to send any tips they may have to police".

While investigators have not made any definitive conclusions as to the motivation for the alleged attack on Noman, data published by Statistics Canada last summer highlighted that the number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims in 2015 jumped 60 per cent compared to the year before.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was "shocked and appalled" by the incident.

The suspect has been described by police as Asian and appearing to be in his 20s, standing between five-foot-eight and six-foot, with a medium build, black hair, mustache and eye glasses. He was last seen wearing glasses, a black hoodie and black trousers.

Police are hoping to track down security and dash cam cameras or hear from witnesses.

"This does not represent who we are", the premier added in a statement posted to Twitter. "We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", he wrote in a tweet.

"My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto".

The alarming incident has reportedly increased pressure on the Canadian government to adopt further measures against persisting assaults on Muslims and Islamic places of worship across the North American country.

When they got to school they found that her hijab had a 30cm cut in at from the bottom. It was a whole day of firsts. Shortly after the same attacker then approached her again "smiling" and trying to cut her scarf before fleeing.

The kids told the principal what happened when they arrived at school.