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Sydney siege: Gunman had 'history of violent crime' says PM Abbott

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the gunman behind the Sydney cafe siege was well known to authorities and had a long history of ''violent crime, infatuation with extremism, and mental instability."

Two people died, along with the gunman, after commandos stormed the cafe in the city's financial district. Four people were injured.

The gunman was named as Man Haron Monis. He received political asylum in Australia in 1996 and was on bail facing a number of charges.

  • 15 Dec 2014
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