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    Woman attacked, sexually assaulted in Halifax

    A young woman walking her dog in Halifax was attacked by a man and then sexually assaulted just after dark Sunday, according to Halifax Police Chief Edward Broderick.

    Broderick said in a Facebook post that the attack occurred around 4:30 p.m. on the bogs off Lingan Street. Police are looking to the public for help in identifying the suspect, and are asking anyone who was in the area and saw something Sunday night to contact police.

    The chief urged walkers and joggers out after dark to go with a friend.

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    “It’s with regret I have to ask this, but when walking the area after dark, that you do it with a friend, or try to do your activities during the day,” Broderick wrote.

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    He also said only limited details on the assault are being released out of concern for the victim and to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

    “I realize there is not much detail about the assault, but this is done for the victim and our investigation, we do have leads and we are committed to keeping all our residents safe,’’ he wrote. “But always, you are your best defense, stay alert and if you see something say something. I will keep you informed as the investigation develops.”

    Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.