A Halifax Islamic group has filed a complaint with the police and the Human Rights Commission of Nova Scotia over an editorial cartoon published in a local newspaper.

The Centre for Islamic Development filed the complaints because the cartoon creates "an environment of hate," said the centre's community relations officer, Will King.

The April 18 cartoon published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald was of Cheryfa Macaulay Jamal, whose husband was arrested along with 16 other men in a 2006 anti-terrorism raid.

Canadian authorities accused the 17 men of being part of an Islamic terrorist cell planning to bomb a series of targets in Southern Ontario.

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