16 December 2014 - Australian police end Sydney café siege
Three killed as Australian police end Sydney café siege
Jamie Smyth (Financial Times)
Heavily armed police ended a siege in a Sydney café early on Tuesday after storming the building where a gunman had held a number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.
Police said three people, including the gunman, had been killed during the operation, which began at about 2.10am. Four others, including a police officer, were injured.
At just after 2am local time on Tuesday a number of the hostages had fled the building with their arms held high above their heads. A few moments later television pictures showed commandos armed with automatic weapons throwing stun grenades into the Lindt Chocolat Café in the heart of Sydney’s business district before entering.
Andrew Scipione, New South Wales police commissioner, told reporters police had entered the building after officers on the ground heard shots from inside. The siege had been the act of an isolated individual, he said. Police had accounted for a total of 17 hostages, including five who escaped on Monday afternoon.
Josie Ensor, and Jonathan Pearlman (The Telegraph)
A mother of three and a man who died trying to save other hostages from an Islamist gunman have been named as the two victims of the Sydney siege.
Katrina Dawson, 38, a barrister and mother of young children, and Tori Johnson, the 34-year-old manager of the Lindt cafe on Martin Place, were killed as police made a daring attempt to free those still held.
Police confirmed that two hostages and the hostage-taker, Iraninan-born refugee Man Haron Monis, died and four others were injured during the operation that brought the 17-hour siege to an end.
The two have been hailed as heroes for trying to save the others trapped in the cafe. Mr Johnson had tried to wrestle the shotgun from the 50-year-old self-styled preacher after he had fallen asleep at around 2am.
Harriet Alexander (The Telegraph)
A survivor of the Sydney siege, which left two of the 17 hostages plus the gunman dead, has described in vivid detail her horror at being held prisoner by the Islamist fanatic.
Marcia Mikhael, 42 – a former policewoman, who now owns a fitness business – was buying a morning coffee at the Lindt Cafe when Man Haron Monis slipped inside, locked the doors, and told those present they were being held hostage.
“Please help,” she wrote on Facebook from inside the café. “The man who is keeping us hostage has asked for small and simple requests and none have been met.
“He is now threatening to start killing us. We need help right now. The man wants the world to know that Australia is under attack by the Islamic State.”
Chris Perez (The New York Post)
People standing outside the siege in Sydney, Australia, have been snapping selfies and posting them online — sparking fierce backlash on social media.
The tense standoff between authorities and a lone gunman inside the Lindt Chocolat Cafe continues to unfold and some onlookers have been passing the time by cheerfully taking pictures of themselves and posting them online.
The shameless selfies ignited ridicule and fury Monday morning from web users, who quickly took to their keyboards to voice their disgust.
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