About 15 people injured in blast at restaurant in Canada

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The attack happened at around 10:30 pm, at Bombay Bhel restaurant, where two birthday parties were being held.

"2nd male described as 5'9"-5'10", fair skin, thin build, faded blue jeans, dark zip-up hoodie hood pulled over head, grey t-shirt, dark coloured skate shoes, face covered".

The injuries were "consistent with those of an explosion", said Brian Gibson, deputy chief at Peel Regional Paramedic Services.

Fifteen people have been injured after two men walked into an Indian restaurant and set off a bomb, Canadian police say.

Whether the bombing is an act of terrorism, or a hate crime.

Paramedics took 15 people to the hospital - three sustained critical injuries while the others were less severely injured. I don't think it was an explosion that was rocking anything.

Andre Larrivee, who lives in a nearby condominium building, said he had been watching television on Thursday night when he heard an explosion.

"We transported three of them to trauma centres in what I would say is critical condition just from blast injuries", he said.

Ms Evans confirmed that there were two separate parties going and children under the age of 10 were there but were not injured.

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Other people who were shopping in neighbouring stores - and waiting for their vehicles to be released from behind the police tape - also reported hearing a loud explosion.

"This is a really serious investigation", Evans said Friday morning at a news conference.

"It is a heinous, reprehensible act, committed by cowards who would come into a restaurant where people are vulnerable, celebrating with their families, where children are present", Crombie said, shaking as she spoke.

'Glass was broken in the street.

Video footage and images of the aftermath showed victims being escorted in wheelchairs and stretchers to waiting ambulances, or limping out of the restaurant, bleeding from wounds caused by flying glass, as red and blue emergency lights lit up the night. "Lots of blood in the floor". External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she was in constant touch with Indian authorities in Canada regarding the blast.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers. Many people were screaming. "We are seeking the public's assistance in trying to locate them".

The attack in Mississauga comes a month after a driver ploughed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15.

A resident who lives several blocks from the restaurant compared the blast to a small natural disaster; another local resident said he thought a generator had exploded.

Mississauga, Canada's sixth-largest city, with a population of 700,000, lies about 20 miles (32km) west of Toronto.

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