Deeply disturbed about hostage crisis – President Rajapaksa tells Australian PM

Deeply disturbed about hostage crisis – President Rajapaksa tells Australian PM

Deeply disturbed about hostage crisis – President Rajapaksa tells Australian PM

Written by Staff Writer

15 Dec, 2014 | 3:40 pm

President Mahinda Rajapaksa reacting to the incident in Sydney has offered his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot, saying that he was deeply disturbed about the hostage situation in Sydney.

The President emphasised that Sri Lanka stands united with Australia in fighting terrorism.

Several people have been taken hostage by at least one armed man at a chocolate cafe in Sydney, Australia. At least three people have been seen inside the cafe with their hands up against a window, and holding up a black flag with Arabic writing.

Hundreds of armed police have sealed off the normally busy Martin Place in the central business district.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the incident as “deeply concerning”.

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