Toronto police say an investigation into an incident where an 11-year-old girl was allegedly attacked twice and had her hijab cut by a man wielding scissors revealed the events never took place.
The girl made headlines last week after she said a man came up to her and tried to cut her hijab off.
"We collected a lot of evidence including security camera video and interviews", Mark Pugash, the director of corporate communications with the Toronto Police, said to ABC News.
"These allegations were extremely serious and, not surprisingly, they received national and global attention", police spokesman Mark Pugash said in an interview.
"That's why we put that information out as quickly as we could", he added.
The alleged assault brought global outrage and drew condemnations from political leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this can not be tolerated", Trudeau tweeted Friday.
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"My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto".
Police say they are no longer seeking a suspect. She said she had turned around and screamed and that the man had run away.
"These allegations were extremely serious and not surprisingly, they received national and global attention", said police spokesman Mark Pugash, who added he hoped the false tale doesn't discourage others from coming forward to report alleged hate crimes.
Norman's mother, Samia Samad, was very upset, said she was outaged over the supposed attack and used it as a call for national unity.
Ryan Bird, a spokesperson for the Toronto District School Board, said, "We are very thankful that this assault did not in fact happen".
The school board issued a release, Monday, saying it was happy the incident did not really happen, adding it would not be commenting further. "I am so proud to be a Canadian, and I want to give (the attacker) the same message", she said.