Bomb blast at Canadian restaurant injures 15

Canadian police are looking for two suspects who walked into a crowded restaurant and detonated a bomb, injuring 15 people.
Police outside Bombay Bhel restaurant, where two unidentified men set off a bomb on Thursday night, wounding 15 people, in Mississauga, Ontario. Three of the victims had critical injuries. No one has claimed responsibility, and the motive for the att
Police outside Bombay Bhel restaurant, where two unidentified men set off a bomb on Thursday night, wounding 15 people, in Mississauga, Ontario. Three of the victims had critical injuries. No one has claimed responsibility, and the motive for the attack was not known.PHOTO: REUTERS

TORONTO • Two unidentified men have walked into a restaurant in the Canadian city of Mississauga and set off a bomb, wounding more than a dozen people, local police said.

The blast went off in the Bombay Bhel restaurant at about 10.30pm on Thursday, local time (10.30am yesterday Singapore time). Fifteen people were taken to hospital, three of them with critical injuries, the Peel Regional Paramedic Service said on Twitter.

The two male suspects fled after detonating their improvised explosive device, Peel Regional Police said in a tweet. No one has claimed responsibility, and the motive for the attack was not known.

The men entered the restaurant and set down what appeared to be a paint can or pail, which exploded after they fled, Sergeant Matt Bertram told The New York Times. The bomb was filled with projectiles, he said.

Police posted a photograph on Twitter showing two people with dark zip-up hoodies walking into an establishment. One appeared to be carrying an object.

The attack in Mississauga comes a month after a driver ploughed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15.

Mississauga is Canada's sixth-largest city, with a population of 700,000 people, situated on Lake Ontario about 32km west of Toronto. Bombay Bhel is an Indian restaurant chain in the metro area of Mississauga.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2018, with the headline 'Bomb blast at Canadian restaurant injures 15'. Print Edition | Subscribe