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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-12-16

Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney café early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people, including the attacker, were killed.

  • The hostage crisis at the Lindt café ended when police stormed the building shortly after 2am local time, Sydney police said.
  • The hostage-taker, Man Haron Monis, is one of three fatalities at the scene and that at least four other people were seriously wounded.
  • The deceased hostages were a 34-year-old man and 38-year-old woman.
  • It remains unclear how many people were held hostage. Some hostages had been seen holding up a black-and-white flag bearing an Islamic message. 
  • Monis was charged last year with being an accessory to his ex-wife’s murder. He was convicted in 2012 of sending threatening letters to the relatives of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan, local media reported. Earlier this year he was charged with the 2002 sexual assault of a Sydney woman.
  • Lindt said it would offer support to the victims and their families, as well as any employees affected by the event.

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Live Blog Sydney hostages
 

See below for a look at the hostage stand-off in pictures.

Date created : 2014-12-15

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