Toronto police say hijab-cutting attack reported by girl didn't happen

Toronto police say hijab-cutting attack reported by girl didn't happen

Toronto police say hijab-cutting attack reported by girl didn't happen

An 11-year-old girl's report last week that a man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school didn't occur, Toronto police said Monday. Prior to the incident being denied, police said they would seek witnesses and security camera footage of the incident, it's unclear if they relied on those things to declare the attack a non-event.

She told police that while she was walking to school with her brother, a man wearing a black hoodie approached her from behind, pulled her hijab from her jacket, and cut it with scissors.

The alleged assault brought global outrage and drew condemnations from political leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"I screamed. The man just ran away".

Her mother Saima Samad, fighting back tears, said she had gotten a call from the school and was "very sad".

"It's something that received, quite understandably, a lot of media and social media attention and I know it caused significant concern, as it should", Pugash said.

"My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto", Trudeau posted on Twitter on Friday, before police announced the attack was fake. "Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated".

"After an extensive investigation, with all the evidence, including video evidence we gathered, we don't believe that the incident happened", Det.

The Toronto District School Board - which had pledged last week to offer support to the girl, her family and other students - said only that they were "very thankful that this assault did not in fact happen".

In that alleged incident in 2015, police had said the woman was kicked and beaten and had her cellphone stolen by two males before she fled to a nearby school. "We won't be commenting further".

"I won't speculate how it arose or who was involved, but the investigation has concluded", Pugash said.

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