Vandal strikes Sydney siege cafe

Struck again: A woman looking at holes in the window of the Lindt Cafe, scene of the Dec 15 deadly siege, in Sydney. — AFP

SYDNEY: The Sydney cafe at the centre of a deadly siege has been vandalised with police investigating after rocks were thrown through five of its windows.

Witnesses told police they saw a man loitering near the upmarket Lindt cafe in the city’s financial heart at the time of the attack in the early hours.

“We believe a man in his 40s with facial hair and tanned skin may be able to assist with inquiries,” a New South Wales police spokesman said.

They added that it was too early to say whether it was a targeted or random attack, which coincided with an inquest into the siege underway nearby.

Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, a self-styled cleric, took more than a dozen customers and staff hostage at the cafe on Dec 15.

The 17-hour standoff ended with the deaths of two hostages and the gunman in an ordeal that sparked fears about national security and caused an outpouring of grief. — AFP

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