Toronto police say scissor attack on a girl's hijab 'did not happen'

"After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen", Toronto Police said in a statement.

"The investigation is concluded", the police statement said.

On Friday, Toronto Police Service officials said in a press release that the girl, later identified as Khawlah Norman in a press conference, reported that she was en route to school when a man came up behind her and cut her hijab with a pair of scissors.

"These allegations were extremely serious and not surprisingly, they received national and global attention", said police spokesman Mark Pugash, who added he hoped the false tale doesn't discourage others from coming forward to report alleged hate crimes. She said that she screamed and fled, but the man allegedly returned a few minutes later and tried to cut her headscarf again.

Toronto police have confirmed that an alleged scissors attack on a schoolgirl's hijab, which sparked widespread outrage including a public condemnation by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was a hoax.

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Khawlah Noman claimed she had been assaulted while walking to school with her younger brother. "Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated".

"These allegations were extremely serious and not surprisingly, they received national and global attention", police spokesperson Mark Pugash said in an interview. "I didn't feel comfortable about what was going on".

Her mother Saima Samad, fighting back tears, said she had gotten a call from the school and was "very sad". I'm frustrated and I'm angry, but I do believe in peace in Canada. "And we, as community members, all we want to do is think about this young girl - give her support - we don't want her to be vilified", said Elghawaby.

The family did not immediately comment about the police's statement on Monday.


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