Sadly, two hostages have died after police raced into the Lindt Cafe amidst gunfire and grenades. Three others are in serious condition.
After more than 16 hours under siege, more innocent citizens being held hostage at the Lindt Chocolate Shop in Sydney, Australia escaped from the cafe after police raided the cafe. Two hostages are confirmed dead by ABC News, plus the gunman, self-proclaimed Islamic Sheik Man Haron Monis. At this time, all of the 17 hostages have been accounted for.
Sydney Siege Ends: Two Confirmed Dead After Police Storm The Cafe
Terrified hostages ran from the building where they have been held hostage. However, seven stretcher were also seen leaving the store, carrying the two dead and tree seriously injured hostages. Pandemonium erupted when police moved in, throwing grenades after they appeared to fear that Monis may have been booming even more unstable. The identities for the deceased, however, have not been confirmed, but there are reports that suggest Monis was on of the people killed during these standoff.
Monis, originally from Iran, had been living in Sydney since 1996 and had been charged as an access rot in the murder of his ex-wife in 2013. He was also arrested in April 2014 for sexually assaulting a woman, 27, in 2002.
Five hostages escaped from Monis yesterday, as police tried to negotiate the release of the others. He had demanded to talk with Australia’s’ Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as well as wanting an ISIS flag delivered to the cafe.
During the hostage siege, the Lindt cafe in downtown Sydney was surround by hundred of police and snipers.
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— Avery Thompson