2 suspects wanted after IED detonated inside Mississauga restaurant, 15 injured: police


Peel Regional Police say they are looking for two suspects who they say set off an improvised explosive device inside a Mississauga restaurant, leaving 15 people injured.

Police and paramedics said they were called to the Bombay Bhel restaurant, which is located in a plaza north of Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue, at around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Const. Iryna Yashnyk told reporters early Friday that the call was for an explosion.

Three patients, who Peel Paramedics said were in critical condition, were taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Yashnik said as of 3 a.m. on Friday, those patients had their conditions upgraded to “stable.”

Multiple patients were taken to local hospitals with minor, “trauma” injuries. Some of the injuries were superficial, paramedics said.

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In a press conference held at 7:30 a.m., Peel police Chief Jennifer Evans said 12 victims were treated and released.

She said the incident is not believed to be a terrorist attack.

“There’s no indication that this is a terrorist act, no indication that this was a hate crime. At this time we haven’t ruled anything out as we start our investigation,” she said.

A man, who didn’t want to be identified, told Global News he was inside the restaurant when he heard “a big blast.”

“A big one … I was in the bathroom with my kid, so I came out and everybody’s here and there,” he said, adding he saw broken glass and blood.

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Rafael Concaceicao said he was at a nearby restaurant when he heard the explosion.

“When we reached the place, there was lots of blood on the floor. Many people were hurt at the time — women, [children] and families,” he said, adding he saw many balloons and cakes inside the restaurant.

Concaceicao said he rushed over and tried to help people out with before emergency crews arrived on scene.

“There was a guy with glass inside his eyes. Many people were bleeding,” he said.

Police released a photo of two suspects wanted in connection with the explosion.

“Two suspects attended the scene, detonated an improvised explosive device within the restaurant,” officers said on Twitter.

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“Two parties fled the scene immediately after the incident.”

Investigators described the first male suspect as being five-foot-10 to six feet tall, mid-20s and having a stocky build. He was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie pulled over his head, a light grey baseball hat and black cloth covering his face.

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The second suspect is described by police as being five-foot-nine and five-foot-10 and having a thin build. He was last seen wearing faded blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie pulled over his head, a grey t-shirt, dark-coloured skate shoes. Police said his face was covered.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. Officials haven’t commented on a possible motive.

Anyone with information is asked to call 12 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-453-2121 ext. 1233.

Meanwhile, the Consulate General of India in Toronto said on Twitter that it opened a phone line for anyone who has questions about the explosion. Anyone concerned can call 647-668-4108.

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