Eli Ridder | Report
A bomb was set off by two men who entered an ethnic restaurant in Mississauga late on Thursday, sending 15 individuals to hospital, according to local police.
The two male suspects fled after detonating their improvised explosive, Peel Regional Police said in a tweet, and no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack which has no known motive.
The men entered the restaurant and set down what appeared to be a paint can or pail, which exploded after they fled, Sergeant Matt Bertram told the New York Times, saying the bomb was filled with “projectable objects”.
Police posted a photograph on Twitter from CCTV footage showing two people with dark zip-up hoodies walking into the restaurant, with one appearing to have carried an object.
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, with his apparent partner a thin, hooded man with blue jeans, a gray shirt and zip-up hoodie.
The attack in Mississauga comes a month after a driver plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15, in an event nearby that shook the Greater Toronto Area.
The restaurant, Bombay Bhel, is an Indian establishment, and following the 10:30 p.m. blast, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj posted on Twitter that she was in constant touch with the Consul General in Toronto and the High Commissioner.
A large police presence was on-scene until Friday morning, with Peel Police Chief Jennifer Evans saying at a press conference that the restaurant is under lockdown during an investigation.
Police say there is no indication that it was a terrorist attack or hate crime.
Initially three of the injured were in critical condition, but were upgrade to stable on Friday.
More details to follow. Image of the police press conference Friday morning from Rene Johnston/Toronto Star.