A Somali-Canadian group says one other lady sporting a headband was attacked in Edmonton
EDMONTON – The chairman of a group representing Somali Canadians in Edmonton says there has been another local attack on a woman wearing a hijab.
Jibril Ibrahim claims the Somali-Canadian woman was walking alone in northeast Edmonton on Friday evening when an unidentified man grabbed her neck and pushed her onto the sidewalk before escaping the scene.
He says her face is smeared with blood, some of her teeth are loose, and she was in the hospital Friday night.
Police said in an email that they are investigating a report of a black woman in her fifties walking the area around 9 p.m. when she was attacked by an unknown suspect.
They said she was treated at a local medical center for non-life threatening injuries and then reported the incident to the police.
Ibrahim says the alleged attack, the latest in a series of similar incidents, shook the woman badly.
“She is traumatized,” Ibrahim said in a phone interview after visiting the woman on Sunday, noting that she is now afraid of leaving home alone.
He said she was not up to the interview on Sunday and was afraid to appear on camera.
Edmonton has seen several alleged attacks on Muslim women in the past few months.
City police say two women in hijabs were sitting in a shopping mall parking lot in December when a stranger smashed a window, attacked passengers trying to escape, and then attacked the second woman when she was trying to help. A man is charged with assault and assault in this case.
In March, a man was charged with three alleged hateful attacks on women in Edmonton.
In the first, police said the black victim was followed and allegedly attacked in a supermarket on Jan. 18.
The second and third attacks took place on the same day in early February. One woman wore a hijab, the other a burqa.
In these incidents, a 44-year-old man faced threats in three cases and assault in three cases.
“We only know what has been reported to the police. There is more than that and many people are afraid to report it because they are afraid that someone will follow them to their house, ”Ibrahim said.
Police said in their email that their hate crime and violent extremism department had been informed of the latest incident on Friday, but their investigation team is still working on the case.
The incidents and the death of four members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario earlier this month left many Canadian Muslims nervous.
Ibrahim says the youngest victim has been in Canada in 30 years and, although she has been harassed in shops and other places, she has never experienced violence like this.
Alberta’s Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced Friday that groups experiencing hate crimes will soon be able to apply for grants to pay for security upgrades.
Ibrahim calls for hate crimes to be lowered.
“So far it looks like our leadership from prime minister to mayor is more or less hoping that these people will disappear. But it doesn’t work that way, ”he said.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 13, 2021.