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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 assailant, in two attempts within 10 minutes, cut Khawlah Noman's hijab using scissors while she was walking to school with her brother, a Toronto police spokesperson said.
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'I felt confused, scared, terrified,' Noman, who is in 6th grade, told reporters at her school on Friday.
The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said, according to CNN.
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The hijab is a head covering worn by some Muslim women and girls. It covers the hair but not the face.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a message of support to the young girl on Friday.
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'My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto,,' he wrote.
'Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this cannot be tolerated.'
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The man suspected of perpetrating the attack is believed to stand 5 feet and 7 inches tall, with a thin build, between 20-30 years old.
'I screamed,' Noman said. 'The man just ran away. We followed this crowd of people to be safe. He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again.'
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At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black pants, brown gloves, and had prescription glasses with black frames on his face, police said.
Police have not taken any suspects into custody following the incident.
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Noman reported the incident at her school, after which school officials immediately notified...
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