Three cinemas in Canada‘s Toronto that played Hindi films were attacked this week, as per police. Several moviegoers were evacuated after masked men burst into the cinemas and sprayed an unknown substance.
According to a statement released by York Regional Police, one of the incidents occurred on Tuesday at a Vaughan cinema complex around 9.20 p.m.
Several people in the crowd began coughing after the attackers sprayed an “unknown, irritating aerosol-based substance into the air” in a cinema, police said.
Two male suspects wearing masks and hoods had gone to the film, entered the theater after the film started, and then walked around and sprayed an unknown, irritating aerosol-based substance high up in the air. The suspects escaped before police arrived,” York Regional Police said.
Around 200 individuals were inside when a Hindi film was playing at that time.
Investigation concerning the incident is still on and police have released photographs of the suspects.
According to CBC News, York police stated that they were communicating with both Peel and Toronto police regarding similar incidents that occurred this week.
A York police officer stated on Wednesday, “Coincidentally, they all took place within less than three hours on the same evening.”
“So, we are surely investigating the likelihood that these incidents are connected.” Peel police affirmed in an statement that officials were called to a cinema in Brampton on Tuesday following reports of some kind of unknown irritating substance sprayed in the vicinity.
According to the Toronto Police Department, officers received a call on Tuesday night about a “stink bomb” being set off in a Scarborough Town Centre theater.
The cinema was evacuated and no injuries were reported.