Police forensic investigators collect evidence at Bombay Bhel restaurant, where two unidentified men set off a bomb late Thursday night, wounding fifteen people, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada May 25, 2018.
Two men are suspected of setting off an explosive device in the restaurant, with authorities asking for information about their identities and whereabouts. "3 [patients] were taken to trauma centres with critical blast injuries", the Peel Regional Paramedic Service (PRPS) tweeted.
The incident took place around 10:30 PM (local time) in the area of Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue East. "We haven't ruled anything out as we start our investigation", said Jennifer Evans, the Peel regional police chief.
"2 suspects attended the scene, detonated an Improvised Explosive Device within the restaurant", the Peel Regional Police tweeted.
Police are now hunting two men wearing dark coloured zip-up hoodies.
Peel Police said one suspect was in his mid-20s, stocky, and wore dark blue jeans and a dark zip-up hoody pulled over his head, with black cloth covering his face.
"There's no indication that this is a terrorist act, no indication that this was a hate crime". When asked whether they had lingered in the restaurant before setting off the device, Evans said, "Not that I'm aware of". Two birthday parties were taking place at the restaurant and about 40 people were inside, including children, though none of the youngsters were injured.
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A bomb has exploded at a restaurant in Toronto, Canada, at an Indian restaurant injuring 15 people. "Lots of blood on the floor".
The three people who were most severely injured are a 62-year-old woman and a 48-year-old woman, both from Mississauga. "They were trying to run out from the restaurant", he told The Associated Press news agency.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie called the incident a "heinous crime" and said those involved need to be brought to justice. "This is not the Mississauga I know", she said. The suspect in the attack was identified as Alek Minassian.
Andre Larrivee, who lives in a nearby condo, says he was watching television and heard a loud explosion.
One person likened the sound to an electric generator exploding, the news site reported.
Police said that all victims had been discharged from hospital by Friday afternoon.
The Indian consulate in Toronto earlier tweeted that it had opened a helpline for those seeking assistance following the explosion.