In one of the worst acts of human savagery ever perpetrated, the Pakistani Taliban senselessly slaughtered 146 school children in a brazen terror attack launched by its heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers on an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city in retaliation to Pakistan Army's operation against extremists in North Waziristan.
Hours after a self-styled sheikh and two of his hostages were killed in a gun battle in a Sydney cafe, inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment in Australia`s biggest city, a social media movement showing solidarity with Australian Muslims was gathering steam.
Swiss chocolate-maker Lindt, the owner of the Sydney cafe at the centre of a day-long siege Monday that ended in the deaths of the gunman and two of his hostages, said it was "devastated" by the outcome of the standoff.
IT company Infosys has issued a statement confirming that one of its employees is trapped as a hostage inside Sydney's Lindt chocolate cafe. Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had also talked about an Indian IT professional being held as one of the cafe hostages.