"Those shared moments are what brought people to Bombay Bhel yesterday night when two masked men entered and shattered the peace with a homemade explosive device". Three people had "critical blast injuries", the service said, while the rest suffered minor injuries. We know this is an extremely hard time for them.
Police said there were no immediate indications that the explosion late Thursday at the Bombay Bhel restaurant was a hate crime or had possible terrorist links.
"We haven't ruled anything out as we start our investigation".
Several people were injured, a few critically, after two men set off a bomb inside an Indian restaurant near Toronto.
"We're still assessing the extent of injuries", Yashnyk said.
Police asked for the public's help and released a photo of the suspects, with dark hoodies pulled over their heads and their faces covered.
The first suspect is described as male in his mid-20s with light skin, five-foot-10 to six feet in height with a stocky build.
The second suspect is described as a fair-skinned male, standing about 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 meters) tall with a thin build.
Police Sergeant Matt Bertram said later Friday that the two suspects had their faces covered to hide their identity, prompting the public appeal for help catching the culprits.
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The restaurant by Friday morning had been deemed safe from any other explosives, Evans said, adding that the site sustained a "considerable amount of damage".
"(It's) shocking and a fearful incident and not at all the kind of thing that any of us could expect in our lives if we're out with our families at a restaurant enjoying ourselves", said Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, who took time from campaigning for a security briefing on the incident.
Police say two suspects entered the restaurant at around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday as two separate groups were holding birthday parties.
But she noted investigators are not ruling out any particular motive at this early stage in the investigation.
Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of Mississauga, sent her condolences to the wounded. "This is not the Mississauga I know", she said.
A 35-year-old Brampton man, a 62-year-old Mississauga woman, and a 48-year-old Mississauga woman were taken to Sunnybrook hospital in critical condition.
In a statement on Facebook, Bombay Bhel said "it was an extremely horrific and sad incident that happened at our Hwy".
Police say they received a call for "an incident" at 10:32 pm and have cordoned off the area.
"Fortunately, they were not injured", Evans said.