Sydney cafe siege: As it happened

Key points

  • At least one gunman has taken several people hostage at a cafe in the Australian city of Sydney
  • People inside the cafe have been seen holding up a black flag with Arabic writing at the window
  • Five people have been seen running from the building. It is not clear how many hostages remain inside
  • Police negotiators say they have established contact with a gunman inside the cafe
  • Police have cordoned off a large area of Sydney's central business district
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott describes the hostage incident as "deeply concerning"
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Reporting:

  • Tessa Wong 
  • Jasmine Coleman 
  • Sherie Ryder 
  • Alex Murray 
  • Mohamed Madi 

Last updated 15 December 2014

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