Two hooded man entered the Indian restaurant, Bombay Bhel in the Canadian city of Mississauga, with their faces covered and left a homemade bomb inside. They fled the scene as soon as the bomb blew up, injuring more than a dozen people.
Police first responded to calls of an explosion at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, in Ontario, around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.
According to the police, at least 15 people have been injured. Three of them have suffered from critical blast injuries and were rushed to Toronto trauma Centre.
Police are looking for the two suspects:
First 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.
And the Second male described as 5’9″-5’10”, fair skin, thin build, faded blue jeans, dark zip-up hoodie hood pulled over head, grey t-shirt, dark color skate shoes, face covered.
A CCTV image of two men has been released by police. Police say they are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the parties that fled following the explosion.
It was not known immediately how many people were inside the restaurant. The shopping plaza in which the explosion took place has been sealed off, Peel Regional Police said in a tweet. The reason behind attack is still being investigated.
“At this point there is a very heavy police presence,” Jeremy Cohn, a reporter on the scene said, adding that tactical, K9 and explosives disposal units were also present. Firefighters have been pulled back as police search for more possible explosive devices.
Andre Larrivee, who lives close to the restaurant, told the Globe and Mail newspaper that he was watching television when he heard a “really loud” explosion.
Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, also tweeted saying that she is in touch with the Consul General in Toronto.
“There is a blast in Indian restaurant Bombay Bhel in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. I am in constant touch with our Consul General in Toronto and Indian High Commissioner in Canada. Our missions will work round the clock. The Emergency number is: +1-647-668-4108,” she tweeted.
Mississauga is the Canada’s sixth large city on the shore of Lake Ontario. It borders the larger city of Toronto and is home to Toronto Pearson International Airport.