December 14, 2014
Two Islamic State Terrorist Holding Up To 50 Australians in Sydney Cafe (Update Five Hostages Escape: Demands made in Videos Plus Bomb Threats/Terrorist Identified as Mufti Sheik Haron) Terrorist Shoots Twice: Police Kill Terrorist
I'm getting reports of from as few as a dozen hostages up to 50.
There are reports that two gunman have taken hostages, some of which are standing with their hands up at the windows in the popular Lindt chocolate shop, which has two or three entrances. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.Developing...
Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane told news.com.au he believes there are 40 to 50 people inside the cafe, including customers and staff.
Other reports are suggesting there may only be 13 hostages.
Huddled in the dark, up to 15 hostages are tonight hoping for a breakthrough in negotiations to free them from a gunman.Another woman just escaped I see on the live feed.
Well-wishers are standing in vigil outside the exclusion zone in Sydney's Martin Place, as an eerie quiet settles over the city
Five hostages including three café staff have escaped the siege so far with their dashes for freedom captured on live television.
There is only one gunman with up to 25 people thought to still be held hostage.
Here is a video from one of the hostages.
The gunman who took hostages at the Lyndt CaFE in Martin Place is known to police.
The Islamist wants officials to deliver an ISIS flag to the cafe. He also said he wants to speak with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Hostage taker in #sydneysiege is Mufti Sheik Haron. A man who previously sent hate mail to Australian war widows ”
The gunman holding up to 20 people hostage in a Sydney cafe has been named as Sheikh Man Haron Monis, aged 49.
He has been holed up in a cafe in the heart of the city's financial and shopping area for several hours, raising a black Islamist flag and using human shields in the window.
Five of the hostages have managed to escape but police say they do not know how many are still inside.
Sydney police say Monis - who claims he's planted two bombs inside the cafe and two more nearby - is well-known to them.
Update: Its seems the people are not listening to the Shiek.
Breaking: About 6 more hostages have just left the Lindt cafe #sydneysiege— Fatima Kdouh (@FatimaKdouh_) December 15, 2014
Update: Apparent gunfire, Two shots and people fleeing.
Two motionless hostages including one resembling the heavy set woman on the video's removed. From building. Not moving.
Reports of two persons killed.
Reports that one hostage was killed and the terrorist.