2 men wanted after blast injures 15 people at restaurant near Toronto

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"Regarding the bomb blast in an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, while we await details from the police, our Consul General in Toronto has visited the hospital and confirmed that the three Indian-Canadians who were reported to be critically injured are stable now".

According to the Canadian broadcaster CP24, emergency crews responded to the area of Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue at around 10:30 p.m.

12 people suffered minor or superficial injuries and were taken to three separate hospitals, paramedics said.

The three people who were initially listed as critical - a 35-year-old man from Brampton and two women from Mississauga, ages 48 and 62 - are now in stable condition at a Toronto trauma centre.

Two parties, including a birthday celebration, were going on at the restaurant at the time of the blast, Evans said.

Police stand outside the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ont. on Friday May 25, 2018.

Jennifer Evans of Peel Region police said the investigation into Thursday's explosion at the Bombay Bhel Restaurant in Mississauga, Ont.is still in its early stages, but said the incident is not now believed to be either a hate crime or an act of terrorism.

Police hunting the attackers asked for the public's help and posted an image of the two male suspects on Twitter. The first suspected bomber is said to appear to be in his mid-20s, standing around six feet tall and having a stocky build.

A strong police presence remains on scene as investigators are waiting to obtain a search warrant before they go inside the popular eatery to search for clues. No motive for the attack could be ascertained till now.

Al Jazeera's Daniel Lak, reporting from the scene of the blast, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police are assisting Peel Regional Police in their investigation. Both wore blue jeans and dark hoodies, and had covered their faces.

"Nothing was said by these individuals", Bertram said.

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

The area around the restaurant was swiftly evacuated but it is not known how many people were dining there at the time.

Andre Larrivee, who lives nearby, told CTV he was watching television when he heard a loud explosion.

Local police have reportedly said it is not immediately clear what may have caused the explosion.

The second, also white, thin built and wearing faded blue jeans, dark zip-up hoodie hood pulled over head, grey T-shirt and dark coloured skate shoes.