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.