Canada police search for atacker who cut 11-year-old girl's hijab

Khawlah Noman tells reporters how a man tried to cut off her hijab while she was walking to school with her younger brother Mohammad Zakariyya right

Toronto Police Say A Man Attacked A Girl On Her Way To School And Cut Off Her Hijab

Toronto police say it's too early to determine if the motivation behind the alleged attack is a hate crime but that officers are canvassing the neighbourhood for footage from surveillance cameras and people who may have witnessed the confrontation.

Khawlah Noman was walking to school with her brother when a man tried to forcibly remove her head covering with scissors twice in the space of just 10 minutes.

Mohammed said he then watched on horrified as he saw the man approaching his sister again with the scissors - as he was stuck on the other side of the road waiting for the traffic lights.

11 year old Kahawlah Noman was walking to school when a man dressed in black came up behind her, pulled off her hood and started cutting. She told police the man struck again when she and her brother were held back from the group at a stoplight.

"I feel like this should stop", she said. "I felt confused, scared, terrified".

Bird said the school board is offering support to the affected student and her family.

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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".

"This does not represent who we are", the premier added in a statement posted to Twitter.

Toronto police lauded Khawlah's quick thinking and response to the attack, with Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu saying she was "very, very smart" for shouting and joining the group of students ahead of her. Sidhu said this is "an isolated incident", such that she has never seen in her 20 years of service.

"The girl was courageous enough to confront the man, make some noise and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", she said.

Their mother, Samia Samad, said she can not understand why someone would do something like this. "I am so proud to be a Canadian, and I feel so safe in this community".

According to Toronto publication, The Star, Khawlah's blue hijab has been taken by police as evidence and a friend loaned her a white one to wear.

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"She was fearless enough to confront the man, make some noise. and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", said Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu.

The incident caught the attention of politicians at all levels of government.

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, tweeted his support for Kwalah on Friday. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", he said.

"It's just not Canada", she said.

"This is a cowardly act of hatred".

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

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