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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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