An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children were present for family parties at a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police said. Police said yesterday two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant late Thursday, dropped the improvised explosive device and fled. Peel Regional Sergeant Matt Bertram said an object resembling a pail or paint can was carried into the restaurant by one of the suspects in his hand.
Officials said three Indian-Canadians suffered critical injuries and were taken to the hospital while the remaining 12 victims suffered from minor and superficial injuries. Police later updated the condition of the three critically injured patients to stable. The ages of the injured range from 23 to 69. Children under the age of 10 were present but were not hurt. The explosion happened just after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, and the plaza where the restaurant is located was still sealed off yesterday. Television footage showed an injured woman limping away from the restaurant.