Injured in Canada Restaurant Bombing

Injured in Canada Restaurant Bombing

Kerry Wise
May 27, 2018

An improvised explosive device was set off inside a Mississauga restaurant Thursday night, while two private birthday parties were taking place.

An improvised explosive device was used to carry out the explosion at Bombay Bhel restaurant around 10.30 pm (Friday 8 am Indian Standard Time), CBC Canada quoted the police as saying. Three of the victims had initially been listed in critical condition, but by Friday afternoon, police said all had been released from hospital.

There's "considerable" damage to the restaurant, said Evans, adding police have cordoned off as much as possible and it will take several hours to process the scene.

"We have no indication to call it a hate crime or any kind of terrorism act", Bertram said.

Peel Region police say "two suspects attended the scene", detonated the devices and fled the scene, reported The Globe and Mail newspaper.

Police posted a photograph on Twitter that appears to show two people with dark zip-up hoodies walking in with one of them carrying something. Both men were described as having light or fair skin, with one of them believed to be in his mid-20s.

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. Some 15 people were taken to the hospital after the blast at the Bombay Bhel restaurant.

Mississauga explosion: more than a dozen injured in Canada restaurant blast

Mississauga, on Lake Ontario, is a city of more than 700,000 people. Three people had "critical blast injuries", the service said, while the rest suffered minor injuries.

Eyewitnesses to the aftermath of the blast said there was a lot of blood and broken glass on the floor of the restaurant.

The area around the restaurant was swiftly evacuated but it is not known how many people were dining there at the time. They were seen fleeing the restaurant on foot.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie called the incident a "heinous crime" and said those involved need to be brought to justice.

"This is certainly not anything you would expect to happen in Mississauga, not my Mississauga".

"I am confident that the people who did this will be caught and punished under Canadian law, and it is far too early to speculate on the motives or assign blame for this cowardly act", he said. 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. "This is not the Mississauga that I know".

The Indian consulate in Toronto tweeted it had opened a helpline for those seeking assistance following the explosion.

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