Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Canada: Bomb blast injures over a dozen at Indian restaurant

Canada: Bomb blast injures over a dozen at Indian restaurant

A police forensic investigator gets out of a van to 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.

Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans said there is no indication this was a hate crime or an act of terrorism, but there is no current motive.

Police posted a photograph on Twitter showing two people with dark zip-up hoodies walking into the restaurant.

Investigators described the first man as being five-foot-10-inches to six-feet tall, mid-20s and having a stocky build. "We know this is an extremely hard time for them", said Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans at a news conference Friday morning.

"Nothing was said by these individuals", said Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram.

"When officials went into the restaurant they appeared to see another device", CTV's Miranda Anthistle reported. He suggested that a birthday party, possibly involving children, was taking place inside Bombay Bhel at the time of the blast.

The blast left many in Mississauga - a city of 700,000 people that sits about 20 miles west of Toronto - reeling.

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Peel Paramedics transported 15 patients to hospital, with three taken to a Toronto trauma centre.

The focus of police is now on finding the two men and identifying just what motivated the attack while two separate private parties were underway, the report said.

Rafael Concaceicao, a student from Sao Paulo, Brazil, told CBC News he was on the patio of a restaurant close to Bombay Bhel when he heard the explosion, and rushed to help.

The suspects fled the scene immediately after the explosion.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie called the explosion a "heinous crime" and said she was thankful no one was killed.

The second suspect is also said to be a male about 5'9 to 5'10 with fair skin, thin build and was wearing faded blue jeans with a dark zip-up hoodie covering his head, a grey t-shirt and his face covered. Mississauga is Canada's sixth-largest city.

India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that she was in touch with India's Consulate General in Toronto and the High Commissioner of India to Canada, whose office is located in Ottawa, following the explosion.

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