Saskatoon man stabbed, has beard reduce in alleged focused assault – Saskatoon

Muhammad Kashif from Saskatoon says he was doing his routine walk when a vehicle allegedly pulled up and then someone stabbed in the back several times.

The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) said the “heavy attack” was reported on Friday just before 6am in the 2900 block of Preston Avenue South.

“One guy held my head and started abusing me with the F word and lots of other things. And: ‘Why are you wearing this dress?’ ‘Why are you here?’ ‘You are going back to your country.’ “We hate Muslims” and such. You hurt me. That’s fine, but if they cut my beard, it hurt me, ”said Kashif.

“Two people, 110 percent sure, because one guy is holding me and the other is cutting the beard.

“After that I tried to hide it and I was stabbed in my arm … On my arm here one stitch has 14 stitches and this stitch has five stitches and my back hurts too, but no stitches.”

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Kashif said he could not find his phone or keys and ran to his house in the Eastview neighborhood.

“Coming home, knocked on the door and my wife is asleep, the children are sleeping upstairs and they don’t hear the doorbell. And then I tried to get my neighbors and the neighbors to sleep too. They are very good, my neighbors, but they also sleep, ”said Kashif.

“So then I ran through the front, did my best and tried to stop someone and three or four vehicles tried to stop it, but they didn’t stop. Then I lay down in my back yard … (a truck driver) stopped the vehicle, he asked me: ‘What happened?’ I said, ‘Somebody stabbed me’ and then he called 911. “

According to police, the 32-year-old man from Saskatoon was examined on site and taken to hospital with injuries believed to be non-life-threatening.

When asked how he was feeling after the attack, Kashif told Global News that he was still in shock.

“I don’t know… My children, my wife is still very shocked. It only happened this morning, I’m still shocked and scared, ”said Kashif.

“I’m glad I’m still alive.

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“It’s everywhere, crimes happen, no matter where you live. Crime is everywhere, I never thought it would happen in Saskatoon … This is my country, I’ve lived here for the last 20 years. I was 12 years old when I came to Canada. “

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Kashif said he moved his family to Saskatoon from Montreal in 2006.

Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark issued a statement on Friday regarding the attack.

“We are going through a traumatic time in our community … I am appalled and saddened by the targeted attack on Mohammad Kashif this morning in our own city,” said Clark’s statement.

“I’m worried about Mr. Kashif. I am worried about his young family. And I’m worried about the entire Muslim community. “

“Over the past few weeks I have had sincere conversations with leaders and friends of the Muslim community about the effects of racist abuse in our city and other cities…. It affects the daily decisions they make, including going out as a family. “

“That is not acceptable in our city. We don’t want to be. This is not what I want for the Muslim community or any community.

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The mayor added that Saskatoon must all stand by Kashif and support his family and all members of the Muslim community.

“We have to build a city in which everyone can lead their life safely without fear of being attacked for living out their beliefs, values ​​or identity,” the statement said.

“Together we have to come to terms with the fact that these threats have grown, and we have to work hard together and fight them.

“Groups that spread white supremacy, Islamophobia and all other forms of discrimination must be investigated and held accountable. We also have to face individual acts of racism and discrimination. “

Police said the investigation is early stage and the Serious Assault Unit is investigating it with the assistance of the Justice and Cultural Engagement Unit.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact SPS at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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