Canada Toronto girl 'really scared' after man cuts her hijab on street

15:20  13 january  2018
15:20  13 january  2018 Source:   CNN

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Police in Toronto are investigating a possible hate crime after an 11-year-old Muslim girl was attacked by a man who allegedly tried to cut off her hijab twice on her way to school. "I felt really scared and confused because I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this."

An 11-year-old girl was left terrified after a man repeatedly tried to cut off her hijab in Toronto , Canada. ‘I felt really scared and confused. I didn’t feel comfortable about what was going on,’ she said.

Khawlah Noman, 11, hugs her mother, Saina Samad, after talking to reporters Friday in Toronto.© Steve Russell/Toronto Star/Getty Images Khawlah Noman, 11, hugs her mother, Saina Samad, after talking to reporters Friday in Toronto.

Khawlah Noman was walking to her Toronto school when a man suddenly appeared behind her and cut her hijab, police said.

"I felt really scared and confused," the 11-year-old girl said at a news conference Friday.

The man approached the child from behind Friday morning as she made her way to school with her younger brother. He pulled the hood off the girl's jacket and cut her hijab with a pair of scissors, police said.

Khawlah screamed and the man ran away, but he returned a few minutes later to assault her again, she said.

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An 11-year-old Toronto girl says a man approached her while she was walking to school on Friday morning and attempted twice to cut off her hijab with scissors. Khawiah said she 's now "actually really scared " to walk to school.

An assailant, in two attempts within 10 minutes, cut the girl ’s hijab using scissors while she was walking to school with her brother on Friday, a Toronto police spokeswoman said. “I felt confused, scared , terrified,” Khawlah Noman, who is in Grade 6, told reporters at her school on Friday.

Authorities are investigating the incident as a hate crime. It happened in a Toronto neighborhood known for its diversity.

"My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday on Twitter. "Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this cannot be tolerated."

Police described the suspect as 5 feet 7 inches with a thin build who was between the ages of 20 to 30. He was wearing black prescription glasses, a black hooded sweater, black pants and brown gloves, police said.

School officials notified police and Khawlah's family immediately after the girl reported the incident to them, according to the Toronto District School Board.

'I felt really scared:' Toronto girl says man tried to cut off her hijab while she walked to school

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10:35 AM, January 13, 2018 Girl attacked twice by man who cut her hijab in Toronto . “I felt really scared and confused,” she told reporters Friday afternoon, recounting the traumatic incident in a Scarborough neighbourhood near Birchmount Rd. and Sheppard Ave.

An 11-year-old girl who says she was attacked by a man who tried to cut off her hijab with a pair of scissors says she ’s now afraid to walk to her east-end Toronto school again.

"This is shocking to learn of this assault. And we'll be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can," Ryan Bird, a school board spokesman, told CNN partner CBC. "In the meantime, we're offering support to the impacted student and her family."

CNN's Chris Boyette contributed to this report.

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