The upsetting story of an armed Muslim extremist who held hostages in a Lindt Cafe in Sydney, Australia Central business district for over 16 hours has come to an end.
7 heavily armed police officers stormed the Sydney cafe with stun grenades and gunfire and concluded that the siege is over. Right before the police went in, 5 clearly fear-stricken hostages fled the cafe as quickly as possible with their hands in the air.
Once the siege ended, at least 4 stretchers were taken inside the cafe and carried out with injured hostages on them.
Three people have died from the situation- Haron Monis and 2 of the hostages. Tori Johnson was the 34 year old manager of Lindt Cafe.
He was killed when he tried to wrestle the gun away from the gunman.
Katrina Dawson was a 38 year old mother of 3 who died at the end of the siege while protecting her pregnant friend. Two pregnant women were among the hostages and were checked in at hospital.
NSW police made a statement:
“Two women have been 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 and was taken to hospital. Another woman has been taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to her shoulder. A 35-year-old woman was taken to hospital as a precaution.”
Flags are flying at half mast today atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge in honor of the victims who lost their lives during the siege.
*EDITED once found out the actual number of how many hostages died and who they were.
The terrorist act started at 9:45 am on Monday morning, Sydney time, where a man armed with a shotgun, machete, and a suspected bomb took 15-20 people hostage in Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place.
30 minutes later, 2 female hostages were seen inside the Lindt Cafe pressed against the window holding a black Islamic flag. The Sydney Opera House and the surrounding area were then evacuated.
Around 3:30 pm, 3 men sprinted to safety from the cafe’s fire exit. Nearly an hour and a half later, shortly before 5pm, 2 women, both employees, run from the exit into the arms of the police.