‘Blast injuries’: Multiple hit in restaurant bomb explosion
POLICE have released images of two hooded suspects who walked into a restaurant and detonated a bomb inside.
Multiple people have been injured after the suspects walked into the restaurant and exploded an improvised explosive device in Toronto. They then fled the scene.
Dozens of emergency crews rushed to the scene in Mississauga, Ontario, at about 10.32pm local time where paramedics said they had transported 15 patients of which three were "taken to trauma centres with critical blast injuries".
"Two parties fled the scene immediately after the incident," Peel Regional Police tweeted.
It comes just a month after 25-year-old Alek Minassian killed 10 people and injured 15 more in a bloody van rampage in the city.
2 suspects attended the scene, detonated an Improvised Explosive Device within the restaurant. Several injured were taken to local hospital and 3 in critical condition were taken to a Toronto Trauma Centre. pic.twitter.com/yzCT59UVN6— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) May 25, 2018
The injuries have been described as "penetrating trauma injuries", according to Jeremy Cohn, a reporter on the scene.
"At this point there is a very heavy police presence," he said, adding that tactical, K9 and explosives disposal units were also present. Firefighters have pulled back as police search for more possible explosive devices.
Two parties fled the scene immediately after the incident. 1st described as male, 5’10-6feet, stocky build, mid-20s, light skin, wearing dark blue jeans, dark zip up hoodie pulled over head, baseball cap with light grey peak, face covered with black cloth material.— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) May 25, 2018
The first hooded figure is described as male, 5'10-6feet, stocky build, mid-20s, light skin, wearing dark blue jeans, dark zip up hoodie pulled over head, baseball cap with light grey peak, face covered with black cloth material.
The second hooded figure is described as male, 5'9"-5'10", fair skin, thin build, faded blue jeans, dark zip-up hoodie hood pulled over head, grey t-shirt, dark coloured skate shoes, face covered.
Police say they are looking for the public's assistance in identifying the parties that fled following the explosion.
The cause of the explosion remains unclear but it is believed the blast occured at a Bombay Bhel restaurant, a local Indian eatery.
Pictures of victims in multiple ambulances being transported to local hospitals have been captured by TV networks.
There are as yet no confirmed reports on casualties.