Fifteen people have been injured after two men walked into an Indian restaurant and set off a bomb, Canadian police say.
The male suspects fled the scene after detonating what police have described as an “improvised explosive device” inside the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto, on Thursday at about 10.30pm (3.30am UK time).
The blast was at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Toronto
The wounded were taken to hospital after the explosion. Three were in a critical condition and taken to Toronto Trauma Centre for treatment.
The plaza where the restaurant is situated remained sealed off on Friday as emergency services continued to investigate the blast and tried to establish a motive for the attack.
A witness, Andre Larrivee, told the Globe and Mail newspaper that he was watching television in his home when he heard the “really loud” blast.
Peel Regional Police hunting the attackers asked for the public’s help and posted an image of the two male suspects on Twitter. One appeared to be carrying an object in his right hand.
Fifteen people have been injured, three of them critically
The first is described as 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of stocky build, in his mid-20s with light skin and was wearing dark blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie pulled over his head, a baseball cap underneath with a light grey peak and had his face covered with black material.
The second suspect is understood to be a little shorter, fair skinned, of thin build and was wearing faded blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie with the hood also pulled over his head, a grey t-shirt, dark coloured skate shoes and his face was covered as well.
The attack in Canada’s sixth largest city, comes a month after 10 people were killed in Toronto when a man drove his rented van into a lunch-hour crowd on a busy street. Fifteen others were injured.
Police say the two suspects fled the scene Sergeant Matt Bertram said: “We have no indication to call it a hate crime or any kind of terrorism act.
“Nothing was said by these individuals. It appears they just went in, dropped off this device, and took off right away.”
He said officers were yet to determine the specifics of the device used.