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

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Khawlah Noman is a sixth grade student at the school.

The girl was reportedly on her way to school when the man came up to her and used scissors to cut off her hijab.

Toronto police are investigating an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose hijab headcovering was repeatedly cut on her way to school on Friday.

An 11-year-old girl was assaulted in Toronto on Friday by a man who twice tried to cut off her hijab with scissors and then fled, police said.

The man approached the child from behind Friday morning as she made her way to school with her younger brother.

"He just smiled and ran away", she said. She looked at him and screamed while the attacker ran away.

The Canadian statistical agency, Statistics Canada, found that there was an increase of reported hate crimes against Muslims in Canada from 2014 to 2015, from 99 incidents to 159, an increase of 60 percent. It happened in a Toronto neighborhood known for its diversity.

Samad said she grew up in Canada and has been here for 25 years, and has not seen this type of incident before. Police describe the attacker as Asian, 20-30 years old, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 8in, with a thin build. He was also described as wearing a black hooded sweater with the hood up, black trousers and brown gloves.

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"We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can", Bird told CP24.

'In the meantime, we're offering support to the impacted student and her family'.

Speaking at the podium, the girl's emotional mother told reporters she was "happy that she's safe", and said the community has been supportive of her daughter.

Premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted about the incident, calling it a "cowardly act of hatred".

In early December 2016, a female Muslim Baruch College student claimed several men shouting "Donald Trump!" attempted to tear off her hijab on a New York City subway train; she later admitted to making it up.

"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".

Toronto Councilor Neethan Shan has campaigned for January 29 - the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque - to be marked as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamaphobia.

"We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", she said.

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