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Gunman Storms Café in Australia & Holds 15 Hostage | 2 Reported Dead in the Gunfire

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Hostage-Situation-Sydney-Australia-December-2014-BellaNaija004A gunman allegedly stormed a café in central Sydney, Australia, early this morning and has been holding as many as 15 people hostage for over 12 hours.

According to Dailymail UK, the drama began unfolding when a gunman entered the cafe, located in one of busiest plazas in Sydney’s central business district, and pulled a shotgun from a blue carry bag and disabled the doors to the business.

Soon afterwards, the hostages were reportedly seen with their hands pressed against the windows holding up the Islamic Shahada flag.

The Islamic Shahada flag is described as an emblem of extremist group Jabhat al-Nusra currently fighting the Assad government in Syria.

Policemen are currently on the scene and five captives have managed to escape through the fire escape and side door.

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Journalist, Chris Reason, has been tweeting about the situation.

Our thoughts go out to the hostages and we hope everyone gets out safely.

Also on Twitter, a hashtag #IllRideWithYou has started trending in a bid to support Muslims living in Australia and dissociate them from the hostage situation.

Update:

The hostage taker has been identified as Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Muslim cleric, CNN reports. He was killed after Australian special forces troops and police stormed the cafe. Two people have been confirmed dead.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Mark Metcalfe

10 Comments

  1. Anon

    December 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    The siege is over and hostages have been rescued. What a nutcase of a human being – Man Haron Monis. Rest in hell.

  2. Alert!

    December 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Hostages have been freed already.

  3. onyi

    December 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    May God keep them safe

  4. Ephi

    December 15, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Just read that a 3rd hostage has died and the gunman killed. I really don’t understand exactly what these terrorists want, religion should promote peace not this kind of evil. Jeez

  5. mrs chidukane

    December 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    So sad. this is disheartening

  6. Asgrl

    December 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Sorry where is proud Muslimah again?

    • ada nnewi

      December 16, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Some Christians are thieves, robbers, kidnappers, murderers etc but that does not mean every christian is bad…some Christians also twist the laws of christianity to make their sins look like they are permissible by christianity…there will always be people who twist religions for their own personal gain and to perpetuate evil…this terrorists are not true Muslims but radicals that twist the teaching of prophet Muhammed (SAW)…Proud muslimah therefore has nothing to be ashamed off…Live and let live people…

  7. Funmi Aiyenuro

    December 15, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    What do these Muslim fanatics really want? May he rot in the deepest part of hell.

  8. @edDREAMZ

    December 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    What has he gain nw…. Fool….
    *GLO BRING 3G TO KONTAGORA*
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  9. kris

    December 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Everybody has the ability to be extremist, y is most common with Islam?there is something wrong somewhere.may God save us.

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