Police chased two people following an explosion caused by a bomb that exploded through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Mississauga suburb of Toronto, wounding 15 people.
The authorities said two people were covered in their faces Identities entered restaurant Bombay Bhel late Thursday, dropped the bomb and fled. Two birthday parties took place in the restaurant and about 40 people were in it, including children, although none of the teenagers were injured.
"There is no indication that this is an act of terrorism, there is no indication that this is a hate crime at this time," said Peel Regional Chief of Police Jennifer Evans. "Right now, all the police resources are being used to track down the people responsible for this terrible act."
Police said Friday that all wounded were released from the hospital. Officials initially said three Indian Canadians suffered critical injuries and were treated while the remaining 1
The explosion happened shortly after 10:30. and the place where the restaurant is located was still sealed off on Friday. TV recordings showed an injured woman limping off the restaurant.
Peel Regional Police Sgt. Matt Bertram said an object resembling a bucket or paint can was carried into the restaurant by one of the bombers.
"Nothing was said of these people," he said. "It seems they just went in, dropped off this unit, and left immediately."
Bertram said the authorities could not say which motive or explosive was used.
The police asked for the help of the public, leaving them free to take a photo of the two people who wore dark hoodies that were pulled over their heads and covered their faces.
A suspect was described as someone in his mid-20s with a burly construction, wearing dark blue jeans and a baseball cap with a light gray bill. The second was described as a bit shorter with a skinny body and wore faded blue jeans, a gray T-shirt and dark skate shoes.
Rafael Conceicao, a student from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was near the restaurant when the explosion occurred
"Glass was broken on the street … Everything was destroyed .Much blood in the floor .Many People were screaming, trying to run from the restaurant, "he said.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said she was grateful that there had been no deaths.
"I would call it a vile, reprehensible deed committed by cowards who come to a restaurant where people are vulnerable, celebrate with their families, and have children." She said. "That's certainly nothing to expect in Mississauga."
The explosion came a month after the driver of a delivery truck on a sidewalk in Toronto stepped on pedestrians, killing 10 people and injuring 14. The authorities have not specified a motive. But they said the detained driver, Alek Minassian, posted a social media message about a misogynistic online community before the attack.
"It's worrying that two of these things happen in a short time," said Ontario's premier Kathleen Wynne, adding that such events are shocking because they are rare in Canada.
Bertram said the police sealed a few areas east of the restaurant where footprints, a glove and other evidence were found. The police believe the suspects have fled in a car.
Sanjiv Jagota, who owns a shop nearby, left on Thursday evening when he saw emergency vehicles and stopped. Jagota stood in front of the police patrol and waited with the son of Bombay Bhel's owner to see how everyone was doing.
He said he was good friends with the family that founded the restaurant in the 1990s. "This place is like her baby."