15 injured in explosion at restaurant in Canada, two suspects being sought
TORONTO (AP) — Investigators were seeking two suspects Friday after an explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant at a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said.
Police said two people with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late Thursday, dropped the improvised explosive device and fled.
Peel Regional Sergeant Matt Bertram said an object resembling a pail or a paint can was carried by one of the suspects in his hand into the crowded restaurant where children were present.
“There is no indication that this is a terrorism act. There is no indication that this is a hate crime at this time. We haven’t ruled anything out as we start our investigation,” said Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans.
“Every police resource is being used right now to locate the people responsible for this horrendous act.”
Peel police said Friday all the injured have been released from the hospital.
Officials initially said three Indian-Canadians suffered critical injuries and were being treated while the remaining 12 victims suffered what Evans described as minor and superficial injuries.
The ages of the injured range from 23 to 69.
Children under the age of 10 were present but were not hurt.