Fifteen injured after bomb explodes at a Mississauga restaurant

Elias Hubbard
May 26, 2018

Canadian police on Friday hunted two men after a blast at an Indian restaurant near Toronto injured 15 people, including three dual Indian-Canadian nationals, but police said there were no initial signs of terrorism.

Police have issued CCTV footage of the two suspects.

An improvised device detonated Thursday night at the eatery in Mississauga, a major suburb west of Toronto, while two parties celebrated birthdays, Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans told a news conference at the scene.

A photo released by Peel police of two men wanted in an IED blast at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga on May 24, 2018.

Three of those injured were rushed to a trauma center in Toronto, where they were reported to be in critical condition. The remaining 12 victims suffered minor and superficial injuries, Korstanje said.

The three people who were most severely injured are a 62-year-old woman and a 48-year-old woman, both from Mississauga. "1st described as male, 5'10-6feet, stocky build, mid-20s, light skin, wearing dark blue jeans, dark zip up hoodie pulled over head, baseball cap with light grey peak, face covered with black cloth material". The second was thin, and wore faded blue jeans, a grey t-shirt and a dark zip-up hoody over his head, also with his face covered. "This is not the Mississauga I know", she said.

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Police found a pair of gloves about five minutes north of the restaurant and cordoned off the area.

"(It's) shocking and a fearful incident and not at all the kind of thing that any of us could expect in our lives if we're out with our families at a restaurant enjoying ourselves", said Wynne, who took time from campaigning for a security briefing on the incident. "We know this is an extremely hard time for them", said Chief Jennifer Evans at a news conference the morning after the attack. Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded a number of people. "Whoever has committed this heinous act needs to answer for their crimes and be brought to justice".

The restaurant issued a brief Facebook statement describing the attack as "extremely horrific and sad" and thanking those who expressed their support. Police are actively investigating at the scene and we ask that anyone with any information please come forward.

Sergeant Matt Bertram told The New York Times the men put down what appeared to be a paint can or bucket which exploded after they had gone. It was too early to determine what the device was, said Bertram.

"I am in constant touch with our Consul General in Toronto and Indian High Commissioner in Canada".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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