Gunman, two hostages killed as police end Sydney siege

2014-12-15 21:03
(Rob Griffith, AP)

(Rob Griffith, AP)

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Cape Town - The gunman responsible for a 16-hour hostage drama in a Lindt café in the CBD of Sydney, Man Haron Monis, has been confirmed dead by the New South Wales police in Sydney.

Heavy gunfire and blasts from stun grenades could be heard just after 02:00, and in the chaos, Monis was killed. He was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

Two other people, both of them hostages, a 38-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man, were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital as well.

Four people were also injured in the commotion. Two women were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while a male police officer suffered a non-life threatening wound to his face from gunshot pellets. Another woman was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to her shoulder.

New South Wales police commissioner Andrew Scipione said that there were 17 hostages in total, and that the police saved many lives in the operation.

"This was an isolated incident, the act of an individual," he said.

"We need to find out what happened. Now is not the time to speculate, to develop theories," he said.

He also confirmed that no explosive devices were found on the scene.

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