More hostages escape in Sydney

2014-12-15 17:09
A hostage runs to armed tactical response police. (Rob Griffith, AP)

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police. (Rob Griffith, AP)

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Sydney - More of the people held hostage for 16 hours in a Sydney café have escaped the gunman named as Man Heron Monis, a self-styled sheikh.

Initial reports said five more have run to safety, bringing to 10 the number of people who've escaped the man who'd admitted sending hate letters to Australians.

One of them, a man, was frisked by police. 

The armed officers on guard at the café seemed to have been taken by surprise.

What initially sounded like gunfire as the hostages made their escape, turned out to be photographers taking pictures.

However, an Associated Press photographer near the scene later heard a loud bang and gunfire and ambulances have been called to the scene.

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