The shocking news that two men entered a Mississauga restaurant on the evening of June 24th and left an explosive device that injured 15 people, resounded around the world.

Now, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help the victims of this horrible —and rare in Mississauga—attack.

Two birthday parties were being celebrated at the Bombay Bhel restaurant at Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue in Mississauga at the time of the explosion.  There were 40 people, including many children, inside the restaurant when the home-made bomb was detonated.

Three victims, aged 23 to 69, were taken to hospital, listed as critical.  Fortunately, all have since been released from hospital.

The GoFundMe campaign wants to raise $15,000 and give $1,000 to each victim. “(Funds) will be donated directly to the victims of the bombing to help pay for medical expenses not covered by OHIP, counselling and therapy costs, lost wages from time off work and to provide general help and support to the families of the victims after this terrible crime,” the GoFundMe campaign page says.

Rhyan Ahmed, a founding partner of KPA Lawyers Professional Corporation in Mississauga, set up the GoFundMe campaign.  He said that although he doesn’t know any of the victims, he lives right down the street and feels the incident affected him personally.  He said he “can only imagine how the owners and employees must feel after something like this happens.”

Police are still looking for the two suspects.

Peel Regional Police say that so far there is no evidence that this was a hate crime or an act of terrorism, but are continuing to investigate.

The Chief of the Peel Regional Police Jennifer Evans said they are working on this case with other police forces in the GTA as well as the OPP and RCMP.