Police investigating attack as possible hate crime

By Nicole O’Reilly | Hamilton Spectator
July 17, 2014

Two McMaster engineering graduates were attacked on their way home from a late-night prayer session at the Downtown Mosque Thursday.

Hamilton police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

The Muslim community is “shaken” by the attack, especially since it happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) said in a press release Thursday night.

“Such hateful and cowardly acts are abhorrent to all Canadians who stand united in condemning all crimes motivated by xenophobia and hatred,” said Ihsaan Gardeen, NCCM executive director.