Police across Ontario are searching for two men who detonated an “improvised explosive device” in a Mississauga restaurant on Thursday night where patrons — including young children — had come for birthday parties.
The suspects immediately fled the Bombay Bhel restaurant, located in a plaza at Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue, after the explosion around 10:30 p.m.
It is too early in the investigation, police said, to know whether this may a hate crime or a terror-related incident.
Fifteen people were injured. Though three individuals were taken to the Toronto Trauma Centre in critical conditional, Chief Jennifer Evans of Peel Regional Police told reporters at an early morning press conference that they were now in stable condition. Evans did not name the victims but said the three in stable condition include a 35-year-old man from Brampton, and two Mississauga women, aged 62 and 48.
The remaining victims are between 23 to 69 years old. They were taken to local hospitals for the minor injuries and have since been released. Though Evans said children under the age of 10 were at one of the birthday parties, none of the children were hurt.
The explosion caused “considerable damage” to the restaurant, according to police. The men, who wore dark hoodies and had their faces covered with dark cloth, did not appear to stay long in the restaurant. When asked whether they had lingered in the restaurant before setting off the device, Evans said, “Not that I’m…