Toronto police say hijab-cutting attack on girl never happened

Attack On 11-Year-Old Girl Nn A Hijab Did Not Happen As Reported – Toronto Police

Politicians were carefully stepping back from earlier statements of disgust and shock after police confirmed Monday that an alleged Islamophobic attack on an 11-year-old girl never happened. "The investigation is concluded".

"In this case, Toronto Police have investigated and determined that the events described did not happen", Tory said in a statement.

Toronto Police began investigating the incident Friday after it was reported that a man attempted to attack the girl and cut her hijab while she walked to school.

Khawlah Noman, a sixth-grader at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School in Toronto, said she was walking to school last Friday with her younger brother when a man came up behind her, pulled off her jacket hood, and cut the bottom of her hijab. She said that she screamed and fled, but the man allegedly returned a few minutes later and tried to cut her headscarf again.

The investigation sparked a national outcry, including from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed his concern on Twitter. " It's still not clear why the girl reported the false incident. Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated", Trudeau tweeted Friday.

"These allegations were extremely serious and not surprisingly, they received national and global attention", police spokesperson Mark Pugash said in an interview.

The girl, along with her mother and representatives from the Toronto District School Board, attended a news conference inside her school Friday during which she detailed the alleged attack for media.

"We are very thankful that this assault did not in fact happen. I am so proud to be a Canadian, and I want to give (the attacker) the same message", she said.

The school board issued a release, Monday, saying it was happy the incident did not really happen, adding it would not be commenting further.

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