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December 14, 2014 10:01 pm

Sydney Hostage Crisis: Gunman Holding Civilians at Lindt Coffee Shop, Islamic Flag Seen

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A screenshot from a TV report showing hostages holding up an Islamic flag against the window of the Lindt Cafe. Photo: Twitter.

At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in the Australian city of Sydney. Pictures on Australian television show at least three people with their hands up against a window, and a black flag with Arabic writing.

Hundreds of armed police have sealed off Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district. New South Wales police have asked people to avoid the area. An Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter said that gunfire had been heard at the scene, the Lindt chocolate cafe – but this has not been confirmed.

Read full story at the BBC.

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  • Lauren Goldman

    I hope the hostages are freed safely, and that the police do not allow surrender as an option for the gunman. He must leave in a bag.

  • How long it will take for the govt.of western countries to realized,that welcoming Muslims in to these civilized countries is a big mistake..no civilized countries of this world is safer unless we get rid of these animals..waging jihad everywhere.

  • JewZealander

    The Prime Minister is already speculating the attack may be “politically motivated”.
    The flag says “there is no god but allah and muhammad is his messenger”- but that couldn’t possibly be a religious statement, because that suggests a link between Islam and terrorism which is politically incorrect.
    I’m just waiting for the media to kick in with “this has nothing to do with Islam”.
    Isn’t it funny that we don’t seem to have to worry about Buddhists or Christians or Jews beheading people in the street and blowing themselves up? But then only one religion has all those scriptures telling it’s followers to “strike the necks of the unbelievers”.

    • charlie johnson

      We are all sitting ducks for Islamics due to the powers of the rule makers and influential. Some old Greek ran into this problem of self defense and the law.He said.”Self defense is natures eldest law.” I suspect it was the Greek liberals and media promoting gun control law.It must have been the case in Rome too when they were put out of commission by imported foreigners due to government inspired programs. Governments often collect a class of deadbeats who arrive to eat a free lunch and rule with an Owigia board under the guise of higher intelligence. If you turn off your TV and look for yourself you find we are in a war with 3rd grade level people and our leaders have the highest education available.In the USA ,Those types of educations run about 80 thousand bucks but it has gotten us nowhere.We have the worlds brightest mind leading the USA. ( From the rear) Our future is at risk. I have only one neck to give to extremist.