India Abroad

15 Injured In IED Blast At Indian Restaurant In Canada, Both Suspects Flee

DIVYIA ASTHANA | 0
5549
| May 25 , 2018 , 13:36 IST

At least 15 people have been injured from an explosion that took place at an Indian restaurant near Toronto in Canada on Friday, and both the suspects reportedly fled from the spot. From the injured, 3 are said to be in critical condition while the other 12 suffered minor or superficial wounds.

According to police, the blast was likely caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was detonated by 2 suspects at the scene who fled after detonation. The blast took place within the 'Bombay Bhel' restaurant in a shopping plaza in Mississauga, Ontario and police received a call about the blast around 10:30 PM local time.

The police however have not detailed how many people were in the restaurant at the time of the blast, nor in what area of the restaurant the explosion came from. The entire shopping complex was closed off as police launched a search operation for the suspects.

Local police tweeted descriptions of both the suspects who are both fair skin males, in an attempt to help trace their whereabouts. No terror angle is being suspected in the blasts.

The Consulate General of India in Toronto tweeted that a helpline had been opened in view of the explosion at the Indian restaurant.

"The Consulate General of India in Toronto has opened a helpline in view of the explosion at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga. For any assistance, pl call +1-647-668-4108," the consulate tweeted.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took cognisance of the blasts and tweeted the helpline number, assuring that she was in constant contact with the Indian Consul General in Toronto and that the missions would be working around the clock.

"There is a blast in Indian restaurant Bombay Bhel in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. I am in constant touch with our Consul General in Toronto and Indian High Commissioner in Canada. Our missions will work round the clock. The Emergency number is  : +1-647-668-4108," Swaraj tweeted.