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Authorities investigating separate assaults allegedly fueled by Trump election

Authorities in California were investigating a reported attack on a college campus of a Muslim student wearing a headscarf as a hate crime Thursday.

The student on the campus of San Diego State University claims that two suspects assaulted her because of her faith and made comments about Donald Trump’s election, police said.

Authorities said the attack occurred in a parking complex, while the woman was wearing a hijab. The suspects stole her car keys, and her vehicle was later reported missing. The woman was not hurt.

"We condemn this hateful act and urge all members of our community to join us in condemning such hateful acts," SDSU President Elliot Hirshman said in a statement.

A similar report came from Northern California, where a woman said she was walking in a parking garage at San Jose State University when a fair-skinned man in a hooded sweatshirt came up behind her and pulled at her head scarf, the university said in a statement.

The victim was briefly choked and lost her balance before the suspect ran away, the statement said.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday issued an information bulletin to law enforcement agencies, outlining laws that prohibit hate crimes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.