Sydney siege: The Martin Place siege in videos
A 16-hour siege in Sydney’s CBD has come to a dramatic end with gunfire and explosions when police officers stormed the cafe where a man was holding a number of people hostage.
The gunman, Man Haron Monis, died in the police shootout. Two hostages were also killed, a man aged 34 and a woman aged 38, and several people including a police officer were injured.
As the siege ended, hostages poured out of the building with their hands held up in surrender. Some appeared to be injured and exhausted.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and the state’s police commissioner Andrew Scipione addressed the media this morning, describing how the siege ended, offering their condolences to families affected and commending the work of police officers, who “saved many lives”.
Here is a look at how the event unfolded yesterday.
At about 9:45am yesterday (AEDT), Monis entered the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, locking hostages inside. Soon after, some were seen with their hands up while others were made to hold a black flag with Arabic writing against a window.
When cafe worker Bruno arrived at the cafe to go to work, he discovered the door was locked.
A regular customer at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe described her close call as she chose, on the spur of the moment, to buy coffee from a different cafe yesterday morning.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed media asking for caution in reporting the siege.
Some hostages managed to escape the building during the day, and a baby and several women were evacuated from floors above the cafe.
Producer Patrick Byrne described the scene from Martin Place from across the road at the Channel 7 television studios.
“This pen is my gun and these words are my bullets”: the man behind the siege, Man Haron Monis, was on bail for a string of violent offences and facing more than 40 sexual and indecent assault charges.