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Indian eatery blast: Canadian police hunt for 2 suspects

May 27, 2018 11:47 PM

TORONTO: Police in Canada were on Saturday looking for the two suspects who detonated a powerful bomb inside an Indian restaurant in Ontario province, leaving 15 people injured, media reports said. The two suspects with their faces covered entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late on Thursday night, dropped the improvised explosive device and fled, police said. The restaurant is in Mississauga, about 28 kms from here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his concern over the incident on Twitter. “We’re in solidarity with the victims of this violence, and wish a swift recovery to the injured. We’re working closely with police and officials in Mississauga on this, ” Trudeau said in a tweet.

Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans has said that there is no indication that the explosion was an act of terrorism or hate crime. “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,” Evans was quoted as saying by the Canadian broadcaster CBC. The focus of police is now on finding the two men and identifying just what motivated the attack while two separate private parties were underway, the report said. “I want to assure everyone that every police resource is being used to locate the people responsible for this horrendous act,” Evans sauid.

A 35-year-old Brampton man, a 48-year-old Mississauga woman and a 62-year-old Mississauga woman suffered critical injuries and were rushed to a Toronto trauma centre, according to Peel Region paramedics. All three have since been released from hospital, the report said. The remaining 12 victims who were treated for minor injuries ranged in age from 23 to 69, police said. Approximately 40 people were inside at the time, including several children under age 10, it said, adding that no children were hurt. 

Meanwhile, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie extended her sympathies to the victims, saying she was thankful there were no fatalities as a result of the “heinous” crime. “This is certainly not anything you would expect to happen in Mississauga, not my Mississauga. This is not the Mississauga I know,” she was quoted as saying in the report.

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