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Sydney Siege: customers and staff held hostage in cafe
Armed police and special forces have arrived at the hostage scene - reports suggest that there is a lone gunman.
Hostages inside the building appeared at the windows of to have been forced to hold up a black and white flag bearing what appears to be the Islamic creed at windows.
Sydney siege: Two dead after police move into building - reports
* Gunman is Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis
* Up to 20 hostages held by gunman
* Lights have been switched off inside the cafe
* Five hostages have fled the scene
* Escaped hostages interviewed by police
* Hostages forced to relay gunman's demands on social media
* Hostage taker demands ISIS flag and phone call with Australian PM Tony Abbott
Sydney gunman and one hostage 'shot dead' as commandos storm café in blaze of gunfire
The self-styled Islamic preacher who held 20 people hostage in a Lindt Cafe on Sydney's Martin Place is dead, as well as one of his hostages, according to reports.
Moments after at least five hostages fled the building in terror, army commandos stormed the Sydney café where they fired automatic weapons and threw stun grenades to end a dramatic siege which lasted more than 16 hours.
Loud yelling and screams were heard amid a series of explosions and rapid gunfire as the commandos, followed by a bomb squad and detection robots, moved into the building.
A hostage and the gunman, named by police as Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis, are believed to have died during the stand-off, and five others are seriously injured, local media reports.
....and in other news:
Sydney siege: Outrage as bystanders pose for selfies outside Lindt cafe
Bystanders near the Sydney siege have been criticised as “insensitive” and “sick” for taking selfies on the site where around 15 people have been taken hostage inside a café today by an alleged gunman.
Tourists and shoppers took photos of themselves outside the Lindt Chocolate Café on Martin Place while armed police stood guard outside the premises.
Love a selfie but HOW is this OK? RT@nycjim:Bystanders taking selfies at scene of #SydneySiege http://t.co/1NP5qYfrF1 pic.twitter.com/9GLzF5nZ7M
; GemmaTognini (@GemmaTognini) December 15, 2014
Three dead after police in Sydney storm café where hostages held
Gunman, woman (38) and man (34) confirmed to have died as siege ends