The bombing comes just a month after the driver of a van plowed into pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 14 more. The suspect in that attack, Alek Minassian, intentionally struck the victims in what was likely to count as Canada’s deadliest vehicular assault, the police said.
Sergeant Bertram said that the suspects in Thursday’s attack were light-skinned men who wore hoodies pulled over their heads, as well as face coverings. A police canine unit and SWAT team tried to track them, “but we didn’t come up with anybody,” he said.
The bomb, which the police described as an improvised explosive device, was filled with “projectable objects,” Sergeant Bertram said.
The police released a photo of the suspects, and officials were examining video evidence and interviewing witnesses to try to find them. The police did not yet have a motive for the attack, but said they had no reason to suspect terrorism or a hate crime.
Mississauga, on Lake Ontario, is a city of more than 700,000 people. It has a large immigrant population and is the sixth-largest municipality in Canada.
The restaurant is at the corner of a low-rise mall that takes up a suburban block, at one of the city’s main intersections. The area was sealed after the explosion. Photos posted on social media showed armed police officers at the scene with sniffer dogs, and television footage showed an injured woman limping away from the restaurant after the blast.
Hurontario Street, where the restaurant is located, is the main thoroughfare of Mississauga, which is rapidly transforming from a sleepy suburban area into an urban center, with new condominiums rising near the site of the blast.
Bonnie Crombie, the mayor of Mississauga, sent her condolences to the wounded. “This is not the Mississauga I know,” she said.