Canada PM Justin Trudeau condemns attack on Muslim girl in Toronto

Canada PM Justin Trudeau condemns attack on Muslim girl in Toronto

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, tweeted his support for Kwalah on Friday.

"My heart goes out the young girl who was attacked, seemingly for her religion", Trudeau told reporters in London, Ont. "Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated", he posted on Twitter.

Frightened, Khawlah and her 10-year-old brother, Mohammed Zakariyya, rushed to join a group of children walking nearby so they wouldn't be alone with the attacker.

Bird said the school board is offering support to the affected student and her family.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu told a press conference that Noman had turned and confronted her assailant, making loud noises to scare him off and then she ran away with her little brother in tow. We followed this crowd of people to be safe. They say the hijab was cut but the student was not. He was last seen wearing glasses, a black hoodie and black trousers. After the second time he just smiled and ran away.

"We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can", the TDSB said in a statement.

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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.

It may be mentioned that the incident took place before the first anniversary of a shooting in a Quebec City mosque which took lives of six people. A French-Canadian college student was charged as the lone suspect in the bloody incident.

The incident happened over a month after a judge in Quebec Province suspended a newly-passed provincial law banning the wearing of face veil or niqab by Muslim women while giving or receiving public services.

Researchers have documented an increase in far-right extremist activity in Canada, much of it targeting Muslims.

Moreover, a survey carried out a year ago by Ontario's Human Rights Commission further found that more people reported harboring "very negative" feelings about Muslims than about any other group.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims has called on the federal government to declare January 29, the day of the mosque shooting, a day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia.