Sydney hostage crisis

Sydney hostage crisis

Dec 16, 2014, 14:16 PM IST
A message to the shooting victims is placed at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney.
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A message to the shooting victims is placed at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney.

Staff members from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe with their arms linked pay tribute to their colleague who lost his live during a siege at the popular coffee shop at Martin Place.
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Staff members from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe with their arms linked pay tribute to their colleague who lost his live during a siege at the popular coffee shop at Martin Place.

People sign tributes at a makeshift memorial after shootings during a siege at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe at Martin Place.
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People sign tributes at a makeshift memorial after shootings during a siege at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe at Martin Place.

Flowers are placed on a fence in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe.
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Flowers are placed on a fence in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe.

A father kisses his young son as they lay flowers in a makeshift memorial at Martin Place after shootings during a siege at a cafe in the central business district in Sydney.
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A father kisses his young son as they lay flowers in a makeshift memorial at Martin Place after shootings during a siege at a cafe in the central business district in Sydney.

A Muslim woman carries a wreath of flowers as they pay respect to the shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
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A Muslim woman carries a wreath of flowers as they pay respect to the shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Muslim community leader Jamal Rifi, center, and his family members pray at a makeshift memorial after a siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
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Sydney Muslim community leader Jamal Rifi, center, and his family members pray at a makeshift memorial after a siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

Employees of the Lindt Cafe comfort each other as they pay tribute to colleagues who lost their lives following the shootings at the coffee shop at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney Australia.
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Employees of the Lindt Cafe comfort each other as they pay tribute to colleagues who lost their lives following the shootings at the coffee shop at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney Australia.

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air.
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A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air.

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air.
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A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air.

A WOMAN CRIES AS SHE VISITS A MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, NEAR WHERE THREE PEOPLE DIED IN A SIEGE. AN IRANIAN-BORN GUNMAN TOOK 17 PEOPLE HOSTAGE AT A CENTRAL CITY CAFE MONDAY BEFORE POLICE STORMED THE CAFE EARLY TUESDAY. THE GUNMAN AND TWO HOSTAGES WERE KILLED.
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A WOMAN CRIES AS SHE VISITS A MAKESHIFT MEMORIAL IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, NEAR WHERE THREE PEOPLE DIED IN A SIEGE. AN IRANIAN-BORN GUNMAN TOOK 17 PEOPLE HOSTAGE AT A CENTRAL CITY CAFE MONDAY BEFORE POLICE STORMED THE CAFE EARLY TUESDAY. THE GUNMAN AND TWO HOSTAGES WERE KILLED.

This image taken from video shows people holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it, inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia. An apparent hostage situation was unfolding inside the chocolate shop and cafe in Australia's largest city on Monday, where several people could be seen through a window with their hands held in the air.
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This image taken from video shows people holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it, inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia. An apparent hostage situation was unfolding inside the chocolate shop and cafe in Australia's largest city on Monday, where several people could be seen through a window with their hands held in the air.

This image taken from video shows a man believed to be a gunman inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia.
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This image taken from video shows a man believed to be a gunman inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia.

Police evacuate people from an office building close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
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Police evacuate people from an office building close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

Police evacuate people from an office building close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
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Police evacuate people from an office building close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

An armed police officer runs along the street close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
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An armed police officer runs along the street close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

Armed police stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
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Armed police stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

This image taken from video shows people holding up hands inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia.
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This image taken from video shows people holding up hands inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia.

This image taken from video shows people against shop windows holding up hands inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia.
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This image taken from video shows people against shop windows holding up hands inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia.

Police check buildings close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.
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Police check buildings close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.