Gunfire, explosions heard as cops storm Sydney café


  • Nation
  • Monday, 15 Dec 2014

Another five hostages running out before the the gun battle began.

PETALING JAYA: Live television broadcasts of the Lindt Café siege in Sydney, Australia, depicted the exchange of gunfire and explosions coming from the building, soon after at least six more hostages were seen running from the building.

The footage, taken from a distance, showed the side of the building with flashes of what was presumed to be gunfire and explosions from within the café and flying shards of glass from windows being blown out at around 11.20pm Malaysian time.

Police personnel, which included a bomb disposal unit member, as well as emergency medical team member were later shown making their way cautiously into the building.

Earlier footage, screened just after an initial volley of shots were fired, showed a group of five hostages running from the building before being ushered to safety by policemen.

Another man exited the building later alone, but was asked to lie prone on the road as a precaution as police body-checked him.

A bomb disposal robot was also seen being dispatched into the café after the gunfire exchange.

New South Wales police have confirmed via their @nswpolice Twitter account that the Sydney Siege is over, 16 hours after the gunman took the hostages.

Meanwhile, reports state that two people died while another three were injured when police stormed the building, but no identities have been revealed as yet.

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