2014 Sydney hostage crisis

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A crowd watches from behind police lines in Martin Place

On 15 and 16 December 2014, there was a hostage crisis in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Seventeen people were taken hostage by a gunman at 9:44 a.m. in a Lindt chocolate café in Martin Place on 15 December.[1] The gunman has been identified as Iranian immigrant Man Haron Monis.[2] He had a criminal record and supported Islamic terrorism. Five people, three workers and two customers, escaped after being held by Monis for several hours. Seventeen hours after the crisis started, the Australian police raided the café at 2:44 a.m. on the morning of 16 December. Monis shot one hostage who died. Another hostage died of a heart attack. The gunman also died during the police rescue attempt. Four other people were injured.[3] There has been world-wide condemnation of the attack.

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