Tuesday, 16 December 2014

News: Two hostages die in Sydney siege

Three people have died in Sydney, Australia after a sixteen hour siege in a café
An Iranian gunman held seventeen people hostage on Monday morning in a Lindt Café, which sent the centre of the city into lockdown. Some of the hostages gradually managed to escape throughout the course of the day, but commandos interfered after gunshots were fired inside the café.

The gunman – who was named as Man Haron Monis – was killed in the storming of the café, along with two of the hostages – a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman.

He had been released on bail for being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. He also had numerous sexual assault charges against him. Monis – who requested that a flag displaying the Islamic symbol of the shahada was delivered to him during the siege – was also known for enjoying publicity. Experts have deemed that this is why he chose the Lindt Café that is situated directly across from Channel 7 Studios.

Three hostages and one police officer were taken to hospital with non-critical injuries.
The comforting hashtag “#illridewithyou” started to trend on Twitter after Sydney locals were concerned that those dressed in Islamic attire would be harassed on the streets, and offered to travel with them.

The area surrounding the café is still an exclusion zone, but flowers are have been laid as near as possible to the site by the public.

Our thoughts are with Sydney at this awful time.

originally posted at mystudentstyle.co.uk

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