#SydneySiege: 'Islamist' hostage drama in Australia

#SydneySiege: 'Islamist' hostage drama in Australia
Police operation at a café in central Sydney, Australia is over after the gunman Man Manis held some 40 hostages for over 16 hours.At least 5 have been injured including a policeman.

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  • 15 December 2014

    23:41 GMT

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the Iranian-born hostage taker was mentally unstable.

    "He [Man Haron Monis] had a long history of violent crime, infatuation with extremism, and mental instability," Abbott said. "As the siege unfolded...he sought to cloak his actions with the symbolism of the ISIL death cult."


    Abbott said that Australian authorities knew of Monis' extremist outlook prior to the hostage siege, from threat letters he sent to Australian soldiers deployed in the Middle East.

    "We know that he sent offensive letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan and was found guilty of offences related to this," he said. "We also know that he posted graphic extremist material online. Tragically, there are people in our community ready to engage in politically motivated violence."

    At the same time, Abbott praised police conduct during the tense hours of the standoff.

  • 23:27 GMT

  • 19:52 GMT

    No explosives were found and all 17 hostages were accounted for, police commissioner for the state of NSW, Andrew Scipione, told reporters.

  • 19:00 GMT

    NWS police confirmed three people including gunman were killed, four more injured.

  • 17:49 GMT

  • 16:57 GMT

    Australian media reports the gunman murdered a hostage before being killed himself. However, this hasn’t been officially confirmed by NSW police.

  • 16:16 GMT

  • 16:01 GMT

  • 15:50 GMT

  • 15:46 GMT

    Police have confirmed the siege is over. At least four hostages and one police officer have been injured, Sky News reports.