The police said the bombers were male, wore dark sweatshirts with their hoods pulled up and had covered their faces
CCTV footage: Two suspects walking into the restaurant.
TORONTO: Two people bombed an Indian restaurant outside Toronto on Thursday night, injuring at least a dozen people, many of them diners, the police said.
The blast happened around 10:30 pm at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, just west of Toronto. The Peel Regional Police said the two people set off an “improvised explosive device” in the restaurant before fleeing the scene. The police said the bombers were male, wore dark sweatshirts with their hoods pulled up and had covered their faces.
2 suspects attended the scene, detonated an Improvised Explosive Device within the restaurant. Several injured were taken to local hospital and 3 in critical condition were taken to a Toronto Trauma Centre. pic.twitter.com/yzCT59UVN6— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) 25 May 2018
Mississauga, on Lake Ontario, is home to more than 700,000 people, including a large immigrant population, and is the sixth-largest municipality in Canada.
Peel Paramedics, a local ambulance service, said it was “on scene with multiple patients at an explosion in Mississauga.” Three people had “critical blast injuries,” the service said, while 12 others sustained minor injuries.
The explosion comes just a month after the driver of a van plowed into pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 14 more. The suspect in that attack, Alek Minassian, intentionally struck the victims in what was likely to count as Canada’s deadliest vehicular assault, the police said.
The police did not know of a motive for Thursday night’s attack.
@Peel_Paramedics have transported 15 pts. from The Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga. 3 pts. were taken to trauma centres with critical blast injuries. pic.twitter.com/Qhd9mX2wV7— Peel Paramedics (@Peel_Paramedics) 25 May 2018
The restaurant is at the corner of a low-rise mall that takes up half a city block, and the area was sealed after the explosion. Photos posted on social media showed armed police at the scene with sniffer dogs, and television footage showed an injured woman limping away from the restaurant after the blast.
The street where the restaurant is located, Hurontario Street, is the main thoroughfare of Mississauga, a sprawling suburban city that is home to many people working in Toronto.