27 May, 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.
Emergency crews responded to the area of Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue at around 10:30 p.m. after an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated inside the Bombay Bhel, an Indian restaurant in the neighbourhood. While three were taken to hospital with serious injuries, 12 others suffered minor injuries from the blast. The explosion caused "a considerable amount of damage", Evans said, adding there were two private parties at the restaurant at the time, with children under 10 in attendance.
There's no indication it's a terrorist act or hate crime, said Evans.
Jennifer Evans of Peel Region police said the investigation into Thursday's explosion at the Bombay Bhel Restaurant in Mississauga, Ont.is still in its early stages, but said the incident is not now believed to be either a hate crime or an act of terrorism. The first is a male, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, "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 pair, who was also wearing jeans and face coverings, did not say anything, just dropped off the device and left, authorities said earlier.
Police stand outside the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ont. on Friday May 25, 2018.
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The blast left many in Mississauga - a city of 700,000 people that sits about 20 miles west of Toronto - reeling.
India's High Commissioner to Canada Vikram Swarup tweeted on Friday morning that India's consul general in Toronto had visited the three critically injured Indian-Canadians in hospital. However, there was a lot of broken glass. "Many people were screaming". "They were trying to run out from the restaurant".
Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of Mississauga, sent her condolences to the wounded. "The people who have done this need to answer for their crimes and they need to be brought to justice".
"My main concern is that they're OK", he said, noting that the restaurant opened in the mid-1990s. "This is not the Mississauga I know", she said.
Ilija Vasic, son-in-law to Bombay Bhel owner Mohan Nagpal, confirmed on Saturday that his father-in-law was meeting with police, but said that the family still has no idea why their business was targeted.
One person likened the sound to an electric generator exploding, the news site reported.