- Blast at restaurant called Bombay Bhel in Mississauga at 10:30 pm
- Cops release photos of 2 suspects, say they detonated a bomb and fled
- At least 3 of the 15 people injured are critical, say police
Fifteen people were injured in an explosion that ripped through an Indian restaurant - Bombay Bhel - outside Toronto late on Thursday night. Three people, according to the police, have suffered "critical blast injuries".
The blast happened around 10:30 p.m. at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada's sixth largest city. The cause of the explosion is under probe.
Police posted a photograph on Twitter showing two people with dark zip-up hoodies walking into an establishment with one of them appearing to be carrying an object. The two suspects, authorities say, detonated an Improvised Explosive Device within the restaurant and fled from the scene.
Dozens of emergency crews rushed to the scene where paramedics said they had transported at least 15 patients of which three were "critical". The injuries have been described as "penetrating trauma injuries", according to Jeremy Cohn, a reporter on the scene.
Images from the explosion scene showed shattered front windows of Bombay Bhel restaurant with debris scattered in the parking lot. Also numerous ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen assisting the injured outside the eatery.
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.Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 25, 2018
The Consulate General of India in Toronto has tweeted, "opened a helpline in view of the explosion at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga. For any assistance, pl call +1-647-668-4108."
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. 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.