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News Breaking: Siege at Sydney cafe

  1. Dec 14, 2014 #1
    Although I am not in Australia, this is what came up on my Facebook news feed: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11374445&ref=NZH_FBpage

    And reporting by 3 News: http://www.3news.co.nz/world/hostage-situation-in-central-sydney-2014121512#axzz3Lv67GfaV
     
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  3. Dec 14, 2014 #2

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    I just heard this -
    One comment already from the public "The flag says 'no god worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is his messenger" not an Isis flag but Islamic."

    So there is one, possibly two, gunmen holding 12/13 hostages. Although the flag is not the ISIS flag, they are perhaps sympathetic to ISIS, or perhaps al Qaeda, or a jihadist movement.

    http://www.news.com.au/national/a-m...artin-place-cafe/story-fncynjr2-1227156241649

    Earlier in the day -
    More news - Hostages held in Sydney cafe, Islamic flag seen in window: local TV (Reuters)
    http://news.yahoo.com/hostages-held-sydney-cafe-islamic-flag-seen-window-004215441.html
     
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  4. Dec 14, 2014 #3
    There could be explosive devices around Sydney - Sky News reported that contact had been made to a radio station and that demands were made - those contacting were either those in the cafe or in connection to those people in the cafe.
     
  5. Dec 14, 2014 #4

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    Courage to you all down there - my best hopes are with you.
     
  6. Dec 14, 2014 #5

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    Recently, Australian police conducted preemptive raids, coordinated across several cities, acting on intelligence that something nasty was being planned. Some Islamist groups expressed outrage at such a "heavy handed" approach. I wonder what they'll say now, since clearly some of the psychotic A-holes slipped through the net.

    (I used to work maybe 500m from that cafe.)

    For ongoing coverage: Sydney Morning Herald.
     
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  7. Dec 14, 2014 #6

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    http://news.yahoo.com/major-police-operation-unfolding-sydney-235744145.html [Broken]
    Hostage situation in Sydney café (I modified the title, since the use of 'erupts' left me thinking that some hostages may have been harmed.

    http://news.yahoo.com/major-police-operation-unfolding-sydney-235744145.html [Broken]


    I hope there is a peaceful resolution. My thoughts are with the hostages and their family and friends.
     
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  8. Dec 14, 2014 #7

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    Interestingly, the Grand Mufti of Australia has condemned this in the strongest possible terms. I find it refreshing and sadly unusual to see a Muslim cleric condemning Muslim terrorism.
     
  9. Dec 14, 2014 #8

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    Apparently, "Three people were seen fleeing from a Sydney cafe after they had been taken hostage -- with others still held inside as neighboring blocks remain locked down as police tried to make contact with the armed perpetrator, authorities said.

    The hostages were being held in the Lindt Chocolat Café, a chocolate shop and cafe in Sydney's Martin Place, the city's financial district where the Reserve Bank of Australia and several commercial banks have their main offices. The area is also close to the New South Wales state parliament."

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/hostages-sydney-choclate-shop/story?id=27594073


    Numerous Muslim clerics and institutions have been condemning ISIS and its violent activities, as well as condemning jihadist organizations sympathetic to ISIS or Al Qaeda.
     
  10. Dec 14, 2014 #9

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    Yeah, at least a couple on every news report every time something violent happens in the name of Islam. They really are peaceful people, except for the nut jobs. That can be said about almost any religion (and I'm an Atheist, to which it also applies).
     
  11. Dec 15, 2014 #10
    I'd rather say that are more or less peaceful people, that anyway breed nut jobs in outstandingly high number comparing to any major contemporary religion/ideology. (Yes, literally that: in case of London bombing there were concerned parents of one of terrorist who lost contact with their son and phoned police because were worried that something bad might have happened to him)
     
  12. Dec 15, 2014 #11
    My thoughts are with the hostages and their families and friends. I hope this comes to peaceful conclusion with no one getting harmed.

    The flag is the generic Islamist flag with the Shahada (testimony of faith). The same flag is used by Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra front in Syria, Boko Haram among other islamist militant organisations. ISIS uses a slightly modified version of it.
     
  13. Dec 15, 2014 #12

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    Maybe some good has come out of this already. #illridewithyou

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/15/world/asia/australia-hostage-illridewithyou/
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/ill-ride-you-australians-offer-4813308
     
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    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-30485355

    "The suspect, 49-year-old Man Haron Monis, received political asylum in Australia in 1996 and was on bail facing a number of charges."

    A troubled individual
    http://news.yahoo.com/australian-hostage-taker-named-iranian-refugee-criminal-past-140521721.html

    Hostage situation is resolved
    http://news.yahoo.com/major-police-operation-unfolding-sydney-235744145.html [Broken]

    Edit/Update:
    Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead
    http://news.yahoo.com/hostages-held-sydney-cafe-islamic-flag-seen-window-004215441.html
    A man aged 34, Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, and a woman, lawyer Katrina Dawson, aged 38 were killed, police said. Four were wounded, including a policeman hit in the face with shotgun pellets.
    https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/25772503/siege-situation-in-martin-place/
    Timeline
    https://news.yahoo.com/sydney-hostage-crisis-live-report-010058537.html [Broken]
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-30485355
     
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    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11374791 [Broken]
     
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  18. Dec 16, 2014 #17

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    Sydney cafe siege victims hailed as 'heroes'
    http://news.yahoo.com/sydney-cafe-siege-victims-hailed-heroes-041951506.html
    Horror Over Deadly Sydney Siege Turns to Anger
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/australia-pm-lays-flowers-memorials-victims-27625504
     
  19. Jan 10, 2015 #18
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11384858

     
  20. Jan 28, 2015 #19
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/65540999/sydney-cafe-siege-shot-execution-style

     
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