Canada: Bomb blast injures over a dozen at Indian restaurant

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

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

Police are now searching for two males caught on security camera, shown in this police handout image, who they say fled the scene immediately after an explosion at a restaurant in Mississauga.

Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie described the incident as a "heinous crime". She further vowed to bring culprits to justice. At least 15 people have been injured. According to initial reports, two bombers were behind the blast which injured 15 people, three of them are critical.

Expressing pain and shock over the incident, the chief minister said that the dastardly attack on innocent people was unjustifiable and unpardonable, and underscored the gravity of the problem of terrorism.

The bomb, which the police described as an improvised explosive device, was filled with "projectable objects", Sergeant Bertram said. "We want to take our time, make sure we're very methodical in it".

High commissioner Vikas Swarup was also tracking developments.

"It was an extremely horrific and sad incident that happened at our Hwy 10 location", the restaurant said in a Facebook post.

Sanjiv Jagota, who owns a nearby store, was driving by Thursday night when he saw emergency vehicles and stopped.

Ilija Vasic, son-in-law to Bombay Bhel owner Mohan Nagpal, confirmed on Saturday that his father-in-law was meeting with police, but said that the family still has no idea why their business was targeted. 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 place is like their baby".

Forensic teams have finished processing the areas outside the Bombay Bhel restaurant but forensic work inside continues.

Haroon Khan, who said he was a friend of the owners of the restaurant, could not believe such an act could occur in the city he's been living in for more than 40 years.

Barbara Sawala, who owns a flower shop in the plaza, only learned about the attack Friday morning. "This is not the Mississauga I know", she said.

"You are not supposed to be exposed to things like that", Sawala said.

Police stand outside the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Canada Friday May 25, 2018. On Friday, police declined to give more details on the motive or the device that had been used, saying only that the investigation was in its early stages.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, however, are assisting Peel Regional Police in their investigation, he said.

The Indian Consulate in Toronto has set up a help line as a sign of support for the community.

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