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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How the Sydney siege unfolded 12-16

How the Sydney siege unfolded

Police tape is stretched near the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place following a hostage standoff on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
A 16-hour hostage situation in a Sydney cafe has come to an end with three people dead, including the hostage-taker. The BBC looks at how events unfolded.
09:45 Monday local time (22:45 GMT Sunday): Police are called to the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place in the central business district.
Police confer on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place.
10:09: Australian TV stations broadcast footage of hostages holding a black Islamic banner up to the window. The gunman can also be seen, wearing a bandana. The number of hostages inside the cafe is unknown at this time.
Police cordon off several city blocks, and buildings in the area are evacuated or put on lockdown.
This image taken from video shows a man believed to be the gunman, Man Haron Monis, inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
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 Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
12:30: Prime Minister Tony Abbott goes on national television to promise a thorough police response to the "deeply concerning incident". Hundreds of officers, commandos, negotiators converge on the area in an unprecedented operation.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott briefs the press on the governments response to the siege at the Lindt Chocolate Café
An armed policeman is seen in Phillip St on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place.
Reports emerge that the gunman has made attempts to reach out to media through the hostages to voice his demands. One hostage was made to call local radio station 2GB, which refused to broadcast the requests.
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16:00-17:00: Five hostages, three men, then two women, sprint to safety from the building.
Two hostages run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in 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.
18:30: Police confirm negotiations are under way with the gunman. They urge patience, saying their ultimate goal is to get everyone out safely and that could take some time.
21:00: Chris Reason, journalist at 7 News Sydney, which has its office across the street from the Lindt cafe building, reports what he can see later at night.
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01:00 Tuesday local time (14:00 GMT Monday): A 50-year-old cleric from Iran, Man Haron Monis, is identified as the hostage-taker by police. He had been given asylum in Australia.
Man Haron Monis, gunman in the Lindt Chocolat Cafe siege in Martin Place, Sydney, is photographed outside the Downing Centre Court, Sydney, February 10, 2010.
Mr Monis, who is known to police, is currently on bail for being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife and is also facing more than 40 sexual and indecent assault charges, it emerges.
He has been convicted of sending hate mail to the families of dead Australian soldiers.
Man Haron Monis, gunman in the Lindt Chocolat Café siege in Martin Place
02:10: Several more hostages escape and moments later commandos storm the cafe. Shots are fired and police are seen throwing stun grenades into the building.
The exact sequence of events inside the building is not clear.
Hostages run towards armed tactical response police as they run to freedom from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
02:40: Police officially confirm that the siege has ended.
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05:30: Police confirm three people are dead; two hostages, 34-year-old Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Katrina Dawson, and hostage-taker Monis. Four other people are injured.
A family handout image obtained on 16 December 2014 of 38-year-old Katrina Dawson. Dawson was one of two hostages killed in a dramatic 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney, Australia.
An injured hostage is carried out of a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 16, 2014.
In the central business district on Tuesday morning, people begin laying flowers at a memorial at Martin Place.
Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia


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