Man attacks Canadian schoolgirl with scissors to cut off her hijab

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'I felt confused, scared, terrified, ' Noman, who is in 6th grade, told reporters at her school on Friday.

A Canadian 11-year-old has told police a man cut her hijab with scissors while she was on her way to school, as the country continues to tackle growing anti-Muslim sentiment. But shortly after the first assault, the same man returned and "continued cutting" Noman's headscarf while grinning, before running away.

"I don't know why he did that, it's just not Canada".

Sidhu says when the girl turned to confront him, he ran away.

Toronto police are investigating after a man allegedly cut a hijab off a young girl.

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the attacker described as Asian, of medium build, with a thin moustache and black prescription glasses.

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.

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.

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"I'm just happy she's safe", said Samad, her voice breaking. "We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab".

Khawlah - who appeared alongside her mother and her brother - said she is now afraid to walk to school, but was comforted by the support of her school and family. He was also described as wearing a black hooded sweater with the hood up, black trousers and brown gloves.

"I'm frustrated and I'm angry, but I do believe in peace in Canada".

"This school lives inclusiveness", she said.

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. "I'm so glad that she's safe and I'm safe", he said.

Since 2013, hate crime has been on the rise in Canada.

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.

"A day of action will express our recommitment to fight Islamaphobia, and become a rallying call", he said.

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