EDMONTON – The chair of a group representing Somali Canadians in Edmonton says there has been another local attack on a woman who was wearing a hijab.
Jibril Ibrahim alleges the Somali-Canadian woman was walking by herself in northeast Edmonton on Friday evening when an unknown man grabbed her by her neck and pushed her all the way down to the sidewalk before fleeing the scene.
He says her face was bloodied, some of her tooth are loose and she spent Friday evening in hospital.
Police said in an email they are investigating a file of a Black woman in her 50s who was walking in the area at around 9 p.m. when she was assaulted by an unknown suspect.
They said she acquired treatment for non-existence-threatening injuries at a local medical centre and then reported the incident to police.
Ibrahim says the alleged attack, the latest in a spate of similar incidents, has left the woman badly shaken.
“She’s traumatized,” Ibrahim said in a cellular phone interview after visiting with the woman on Sunday, noting she’s afraid now to leave her home alone.
He said she wasn’t up to being interviewed on Sunday, and was unnerved to appear on camera.
Edmonton has viewed a number of alleged attacks on Muslim ladies folk in original months.
Metropolis police say two ladies folk wearing hijabs had been sitting in a mall parking lot in December when a stranger shattered a window, assaulted the passenger as she tried to hover and then assaulted the second woman when she tried to assist. A man faces charges of assault and mischief in that case.
In March, a man was charged after three allegedly hate-motivated attacks on ladies folk in Edmonton.
In the primary, police said the Black sufferer was followed inside a convenience store on Jan. 18 and allegedly assaulted.
The second and third attacks took place on the same day in early February. One woman was wearing a hijab and the diversified wore a burqa.
A 44-year-dilapidated man faces three counts of uttering threats and three of assault in those incidents.
“What we are aware of is handiest what has been reported to police. There may be extra than that, and a lot of individuals are afraid to file it, afraid that somebody is going to seem at them to their condominium,” Ibrahim said.
Police said in their email that their Hate Crimes and Violent Extremism Unit has been advised about the most up to date incident on Friday, but its Investigative Response Team is level-headed handling the case.
The incidents, as successfully as the deaths of 4 participants of a Muslim family in London, Ont., earlier this month, have many Canadian Muslims on edge.
Ibrahim says the most up to date sufferer has been in Canada for 30 years, and whereas she’s been harassed in shops and diversified places, she’s never experienced such violence.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced on Friday that groups that skills hate crimes will soon be able to apply for grants to pay for security upgrades.
Ibrahim is calling for the bar for hate crimes to be decreased.
“So far, it appears to be adore roughly, our leadership from the prime minister to the mayor, they’re hoping that these folk will travel away. But it indisputably doesn’t work that way,” he said.
This file by The Canadian Press was first revealed June 13, 2021.