Police have released a photo of two suspects who detonated an explosive device in a restaurant in Mississauga, a city in the Canadian province of Ontario. At least 15 people have been injured.
Police say they received a call for “an incident” at 10:32 pm and have cordoned off the area. Local media report that there has been an explosion at an Indian restaurant in the central area of the city.
Law enforcement is asking for public assistance in the hunt for the two male suspects who “fled the scene immediately after the incident.” Apart from pictures of the suspected perpetrators, they published a detailed description of the men’s outfits. Both wore jeans and hoodies, and had their faces covered.
#PRP in the area of Hurontario/Eglinton #Mississauga for an incident. Reports of multiple injuries, no info on the extent. Plaza in the area will be sealed. Call received at 10:32pm.
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) May 25, 2018
Police and paramedics say the total number of injured people is at least 15. At least three of those were hospitalized with “critical blast injuries.”
Some locals were posting on social media that incendiary devices were found at the scene. When asked about those reports, the police media officer neither confirmed nor denied it. K9 units and officers armed with assault rifles were seen in pictures from the scene.
Pics from the restaurant explosion at Hurontario St & Eglinton Av in #Mississauga. Plaza is sealed off, approx 15 people transported to hospital, 3 critical. Sources saying incendiary devices were found inside the restaurant. pic.twitter.com/b5ZX6NVeSx
— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) May 25, 2018
Authorities haven’t yet declared what happened tonight in #Mississauga a crime. But based on the kind of law enforcement on the premises and the canine division and the discovery of explosives, that appears to be the path this story is taking. Stay tuned. @GlobalNews
— Charles Adler (@charlesadler) May 25, 2018
Before police released the photos of the suspects, Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington wrote on Twitter, citing a witness, that two men were seen entering the restaurant seconds before the explosion. Three loud bangs were heard at the moment of the explosions, according to the witness. A bomb squad has reportedly been dispatched to the scene.
As people on social media shared the news and offered condolences to the victims, some slammed local media for failing to cover the incident.
Hey, everyone! 2 men have detonated an explosive device in an Indian Restaurant – Bombay Bhel – in Mississauga, Ontario. Multiple 15+ injuries. @cnnbrk & @RT_com have covered this. WHY AREN’T YOU, @CBCAlerts?! You cover @#$% that isn’t news. Get off your asses and cover this!
— John (@enigmachine) May 25, 2018
CBC has taken down their notification on the Mississauga bombing, Now people just turning will have no idea anything happened, CP24, CTV and others are failing, American channels would have dropped everything to report
— AVSTIN KELLY (@austinkelly70) May 25, 2018