Sydney siege is over: See explosive moment police storm cafe

Sixteen tense hours after it began with an armed Islamist taking over a café in downtown Sidney, Australia, the hostage crisis ended when heavily armed Australian police stormed the restaurant.

The gunman and one hostage died, the New York Times reported, citing other news outlets.

The gunman was described as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian who came to Australia as a refugee in the 1990s. A self-proclaimed “sheik,” he was believed to have acted alone, according to the Daily Mail.

At one point up to 30 people were being held hostage, which started about 9:45 a.m. in Sidney, 5:45 p.m. Eastern Time, though five escaped early in the drama.


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