At least 15 people have been injured, and three are in critical condition, after two suspects detonated a bomb in a restaurant near Toronto, Canada, police said.
The explosion took place just after 10.30pm local time at an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, some 20 miles from Toronto, Ontario.
Authorities said 'two hooded suspects' walked into the Bombay Bhel restaurant and detonated the improvised explosion device before fleeing the scene.
At least 15 people were injured Thursday night when a bomb detonated at this restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Police said the two masked men detonated the bomb at a Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario. A child is pictured above being carried to safety
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, and police has not yet made a public statement about any motive for the bombing.
Eyewitnesses describe chaos with injured guests and panicked families fleeing the restaurant, where some had reportedly been holding a child's birthday party.
'Glass was broken in the street. There was a child's birthday party. Everything was destroyed,' Rafael Conceicao, who was nearby when the bomb detonated, told CBC.ca
'Lots of blood in the floor. Many people were screaming. They were trying to run out from the restaurant.
'There was a guy with glass inside his eyes. Many people were bleeding so much.'
Fifteen people were taken to hospital, three of them with critical injuries, the Peel Regional Paramedic Service said in a Tweet.
Police said two 'hooded suspects' (pictured above) walked into a a Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario and detonated a bomb
Blast: The incident took place in Missisauga, a city near Toronto in Ontario
Three people were critically injured during the explosion, authorities said
A police officer walks in front of Bombay Bhel restaurant, where two unidentified men set off a bomb late Thursday night, wounding more than a dozen people
Eyewitnesses describe chaos with injured guests and panicked families fleeing the restaurant
'Two parties fled the scene immediately after the incident,' the tweet added.
Police posted a CCTV image on Twitter appealing to the public for help in identifying the two men.
The photo shows two people with dark zip-up hoodies walking into an establishment with one of them appearing to be carrying an object.
The first suspect is said to be a male about 5'10 to six feet tall with a stocky build. Police said he appears to be in his mid-20s with light skin and was wearing dark blue jeans, a dark zip-up hoodie pulled over his head, a baseball hat and a black cloth covering his face.
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the suspects
The second suspect is also said to be a male about 5'9 to 5'10 with fair skin, thin build and was wearing faded blue jeans with a dark zip-up hoodie covering his head, a grey t-shirt and his face covered.
Dozens of emergency crews were outside the restaurant in Mississauga, Canada's sixth largest city located is in Lake Ontario, about 20 miles west of Toronto.
Bombay Bhel is an Indian restaurant chain in the metro area of Mississauga.
India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet that the she was in constant touch with the Consul General in Toronto and the Indian High Commissioner in Canada and that the missions would work round the clock.
There have not yet been any public statements, on social media or otherwise, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, or Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
The attack in Mississauga comes a month after a driver plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto, killing ten people and injuring 15.