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Alleged attack on girl wearing hijab didn't happen, Toronto police say

Alleged attack on girl wearing hijab didn't happen, Toronto police say

An 11-year-old Toronto girl who claimed she was attacked because of her hijab fabricated the story, according to local police.

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.

They now say the alleged assault - which was being investigated as a hate crime - "did not happen".

The girl said there were cuts to her hijab as long as 30 centimetres. She crossed the street and he followed.

Police had been investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime.

"This is bad and I do not like it", Khawlah Noman, a Grade 6 student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School, told reporters at a news conference at her school hours after the incident, with her mother and brother by her side.

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"I felt really scared and confused", Noman said on Friday.

On Monday, police issued a release saying investigators had determined that the events described never happened.

The attack prompted response from many officials, including Mayor John Tory and Premier Kathleen Wynne.

A police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

He was wearing black prescription glasses, a black hooded sweater, black trousers 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.

The Toronto District School Board said at the time that it was offering support to the girl and her family, as well as other students.


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