Canada: Two Men Attack a Muslim Man and Cut His Beard in Saskatoon

Another anti-Muslim hate case has surfaced in Canada, with two men attacking a Muslim man and cutting off his beard in Saskatoon, Canada. Attackers stab, taunt, cut beard of Saskatoon man.

Kashif, a Pakistani resident of Saskatoon, says he was returning from a walk in the evening when two men attacked him from behind, cutting off his beard.

He said that the assailants also hurled hateful words at him and a sharp instrument was thrown in his hand, in which he received 14 stitches.

City police officers are investigating the incident.

The mayor of Saskatoon says he is shocked by the incident, and calls for an investigation into racism, Islamophobia or any form of discrimination and for those responsible to be brought to justice.

POLICE ASK FOR WITNESSES

In a news release, Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) confirmed officers responded to a report of a serious assault shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.

The SPS serious assault unit is investigating with support from the service's equity and cultural engagement unit, the news release said.

SPS said the investigation is in its preliminary stage and is asking anyone who may have witnessed the assaults or who has information to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

A previously scheduled walk against racism and Islamophobia will take place Friday evening in Saskatoon.

The walk is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will start at Nutrien Playland at 945 Spadina Crescent East.

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