Muslim woman's assault in Toronto appears 'motivated by hate,' police say - InfoNews

Current Conditions

0.0°C

Muslim woman's assault in Toronto appears 'motivated by hate,' police say

Grenoble Public School in Toronto.
Image Credit: Google Maps Street View
November 17, 2015 - 8:30 AM

TORONTO - Police in Toronto are investigating the assault and robbery of a Muslim woman near an elementary school in the city, saying the incident appears "motivated by hate."

The assault came two days after a mosque in Peterborough, Ont., was set ablaze in the aftermath of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead.

Peterborough police are investigating the fire as a hate crime and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured Muslim Canadians the federal government would work hard to find those responsible.

The Toronto assault took place around 3 p.m. on Monday near the mid-town Grenoble Public School while a woman was on her way to pick up her son.

Police said the woman, who was wearing a hijab, was approached by two men and attacked.

"It was a completely unprovoked attack," said Const. Victor Kwong. "She was punched all over and kicked."

The two men hurled slurs that were "bigoted in nature" at the woman and tried to rip off her hijab, Kwong said.

The woman fell to the ground and was robbed of her cellphone and some money before the two men fled the area, he said.

The entire incident was observed by a witness who called police, he said. The woman was taken to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said they are currently interviewing witnesses, gathering surveillance video from the area and asking anyone with information to contact them.

"There's no doubt that this is hate-motivated," Kwong said, noting that police typically see a spike in such incidents after events like the attacks in Paris.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for attacks Friday in Paris that sent shock waves around the world.

French officials say the attacks were carried out by disaffected French Muslims under the supervision of a Belgian who had fought in Syria.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2015
The Canadian Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • Police search for missing Kelowna woman
    KELOWNA - Kelowna RCMP are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 27-year-old woman. RCMP say Joenna Saunders was last heard from on Nov. 27. She was reported missing on Dec.
  • Girl opens Christmas present she gave to boy when she dumped him in 1971
    ST. ALBERT, Alta. - A man in Edmonton who made international headlines for holding onto a wrapped Christmas gift from a high-school girlfriend who dumped him nearly 50 years ago finally learned wh
  • Water quality advisory in effect in North Okanagan
    NORTH OKANAGAN - The district has issued a water quality advisory for the North Okanagan. The Regional District of North Okanagan Silver Star Water Utility in conjunction with Interior Healt
  • Kamloops Fire Rescue respond to McDonalds deep fryer fire
    KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops McDonalds was temporarily closed last night due to a small deep fryer fire. Kamloops Fire Rescue arrived at the McDonalds location in Sahali at about 11:30 p.m. last ni
  • Vernon fast food restaurant held up by man with syringe
    VERNON - RCMP are on the hunt for a suspect after a robbery at a Vernon restaurant earlier this week. A man threatened staff with an allegedly contaminated needle on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Wr
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile