The Sydney Siege Ends With Two Hostages Killed, And The Death Of Gunman Man Haron Monis

Roughly 16 hours after a gunman, Man Haron Monis, began holding hostages in the Lindt chocolate café in Sydney, police stormed the Lindt café in a bid to end the crisis and rescue the hostages — six of which had already been released or escaped during the long standoff. A statement from New South Wales police said that three people are dead; two hostages, and the gunman, Monis, who was killed when confronted by police. In a police press conference shortly thereafter, the New South Wales police commissioner addressed the nation.

According to police, a man and a woman in their 30s were pronounced dead at the scene, and four more were injured: another woman was taking to hospital with a gunshot wound in her shoulder. A police officer and two more women were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The hostage taker was killed in a confrontation with police; he has been identified as Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian refugee living in Australia who had dozens of charges, including sex assault and being an accessory to his ex-wife's murder, to his name. Before he death, he was out on bail and had no links to Islamic militant groups, his lawyer told ABC.

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