MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Two individuals bombed an Indian restaurant outdoors Toronto on Thursday evening, injuring at least a dozen individuals, a lot of them diners, the police mentioned.
The blast occurred round 10:30 p.m. at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, a metropolis simply west of Toronto. The Peel Regional Police mentioned the 2 individuals set off an “improvised explosive device” within the restaurant earlier than fleeing the scene. The police launched a photograph of the suspects, describing them as male, carrying darkish sweatshirts with hoods pulled up and their faces coated.
Mississauga, on Lake Ontario, is a metropolis of greater than 700,000 those that has a giant immigrant inhabitants and is the sixth-largest municipality in Canada.
Peel Paramedics, a native ambulance service, mentioned it was “on scene with multiple patients at an explosion in Mississauga.” Three individuals had “critical blast injuries,” the service mentioned, whereas 12 others sustained minor accidents.
The explosion comes simply a month after the motive force of a van plowed into pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 individuals and injuring 14 extra. The suspect in that assault, Alek Minassian, deliberately struck the victims in what was prone to rely as Canada’s deadliest vehicular assault, the police mentioned.
The police didn’t know of a motive for Thursday evening’s assault.
The restaurant is at the nook of a low-rise mall that takes up half a metropolis block, and the world was sealed after the explosion. Photos posted on social media confirmed armed police at the scene with sniffer canine, and tv footage confirmed an injured lady limping away from the restaurant after the blast.
The avenue the place the restaurant is situated, Hurontario Street, is the principle thoroughfare of Mississauga, a sprawling suburban metropolis that’s dwelling to many individuals working in Toronto.
Catherine Porter reported from Mississauga, and Dan Bilefsky from Toronto.