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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#axzz3Lv67GfaVTerrorists are holding up to 12 hostages in an armed siege in a cafe in Sydney where an extremist flag was being held up in a window.
Witnesses reported seeing staff and customers sobbing as they were forced to stand with their hands pressed against the windows of the Lindt cafe.
At least two gunmen are involved in the siege but dozens of armed police have sealed off the streets surrounding the site.