Gunman takes hostages at Sydney cafe (WATCH VIDEO)

Gunman takes hostages at Sydney cafe (WATCH VIDEO)

Written by Staff Writer

15 Dec, 2014 | 6:30 am

Hundreds of armed police have sealed off Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district. At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in the Australian city of Sydney.

Pictures on Australian television show at least three people with their hands up against a window. Hundreds of armed police have sealed off Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district.

New South Wales police have asked people to avoid the area. An Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter said that gunfire had been heard at the scene, the Lindt chocolate cafe – but this has not been confirmed.

Police have also said that they are dealing with an “incident” at the Sydney Opera House which has been evacuated. Local media are reporting that a suspicious package was found there on Monday.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the incident as “deeply concerning” in a statement.
“All Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner,” he said.

A National Security Committee of Cabinet has been convened for Monday morning, the PM’s office said.

Source : BBC

Visual Courtesy: AP

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