A St. Paul police K-9 officer issued an apology Tuesday for dressing in a hijab for Halloween and posing for a picture that exploded on the Internet in the Twin Cities' Somali and Muslim communities this past weekend.

"I apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the recently publicized photo which showed me at a private Halloween party on my personal time," said officer Robert Buth. "I sincerely regret that the image, which was never intended to become public, may have been viewed to be insensitive to the Muslim community."

The picture was posted on Twitter about 10 weeks ago, and resurfaced Sunday night. Local Somali and Muslim community members began discussing the image online and brought it to the attention of the police department's Twitter account.

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