By: Kyle James | 05-26-2018 | News
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Canada Update - Manhunt Underway For Two Suspects After Restaurant Bomb Explosion

Fifteen people were injured in a blast at a Bombay Bhel restaurant after a bomb exploded around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night in Mississauga. Three of the victims were in critical condition but have since been upgraded to stable. Peel Regional Police investigators put out a call for the public's help to identify the two suspects who were captured on surveillance video.

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Police are still trying to determine a motive for the attack which saw a makeshift bomb thrown into a busy Indian restaurant. The Bombay Bhel is a well-known chain restaurant outlet in the region located in a Mississauga strip mall plaza. The restaurant would normally have closed by 10 p.m. but two birthday parties were still wrapping up their dinners. Owner Manmohan Singh Nagpal sent half of the restaurant's employees home early as the parties finished.

There were still 40 people inside the Bombay Bhel when the two bombers struck. 15 people were taken to the hospital with three of them having serious injuries. The restaurant was reopened by Friday afternoon and all of the victims have been treated and released from the hospital. Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans said Friday, "I want to assure everyone that every police resource is being used right now to locate the people responsible for this horrendous act." Video shared on social media showed a massive police response in the chaotic aftermath of the attack.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Deeply saddened to wake up to this terrible news from Mississauga, Canada<br>•Two men detonated a bomb in an Indian restaurant<br>•At least 15 were wounded—3 people critically wounded<br>•Both suspects are on the loose &amp; a major manhunt is underway<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CanadaStrong</a><a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) <a href="">May 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"There is no indication that this is a terrorist act. No indication that this is a hate crime at this time. We haven’t ruled anything out as we’re starting our investigation," Evands added. The Bombay Bhel's owner said he didn't return home from the police station until 6 a.m. but he is doing okay. Nagpal said he is grateful for the first repsonders who "really took care of my guests". Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne reaffirmed Friday that there is no indication the attack was linked to terrorism. Instead, officials are treating the bombing as a "serious criminal incident." Wynne also said, "The order of the moment is to find the attackers."

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