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Police hunting two suspects after explosion at Canadian restaurant

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A bomb has been set off in a restaurant in the Canadian city of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, with three in a critical condition.

An explosion caused by an "improvised explosive device" has ripped through an Indian restaurant in a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people, Canadian police say.

Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram said two suspects with their faces covered to conceal their identity entered the Bombay Bhel restaurant, and dropped some sort of IED device and fled.

"We have no indication to call it a hate crime or any kind of terrorism act," Bertram said. 

Peel Region paramedic Joe Korstanje said three people suffered critical injuries and were taken to the hospital while the remaining 12 victims suffered what he described as minor and superficial injuries.

The explosion happened just after 10.30pm on Thursday, and the plaza where the restaurant is located was still sealed off on Friday.

"Nothing was said by these individuals," Bertram said. "It appears they just went in, dropped off this device, and took off right away."

Bertram said they couldn't say what the device was yet.

"Different callers called in and said it was firecrackers or some said gunshot sort of noises. I don't think it was an explosion that was rocking anything," he said. "Until we can get in there and analyse the material after the search warrant we won't be able to say what it was."

Andre Larrivee, who lives in a nearby condo, said he was watching television and heard a loud explosion

"It was really loud," he said, comparing the noise to an electric generator that had exploded at a nearby construction site recently

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