Channel Seven Morning Show hosts, Larry and Kylie were evacuated while live on air, while covering a siege taking place in the Lindt chocolate cafe opposite the channel seven Martin Place studios.
- Up to fifty people held hostage in cafe
- Martin Place in complete shut down (for those who don't know this is in Sydney's CBD)
- Hostages made to hold up what appears to be a ISL flag in the window of the cafe. (This is speculation. It has also been reported the flag has no extremist links or it has links to other terrorist groups.)
- Siege started at approx 9.44am Australian EST
UPDATES - A press conference with the NSW Police Commissioner states that "We have not yet confirmed this is a terrorism-related event."
- ABC News stream can be found here
- A timeline and summary of the press conference with the NSW Police Commissioner can be found here.
- BBC picture post can be found here
- Four major banks have shut down their operations in the Sydney CBD. Source
Update: Indian consulate which is 300 metres away from #SydneySiege, has been evacuated— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) December 15, 2014
Two hostages have run out of the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in #sydneysiege, reports say.— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) December 15, 2014
- Live updates from The Guardian.
- According to channel 10 there is less then 30 hostages and this has been confirmed by the police. But I can't find a source for this.
Most Muslim men I know would risk their lives to take down that coward holding hostages in the #SydneySiege— Mohamed Ghilan (@mohamedghilan) December 15, 2014
- Ten news is reporting that there is FOUR bombs, both in the cafe and around the CBD.
- Hostages report that the man insists on being called "the brother"
- Demands include speaking to Tony Abbott and for an ISL flag to be delivered to the cafe
- This is not a confirmation, just what I'm relaying from the news I'm watching (Channel 10)
MODS I know this is thinly veiled relation to celeb news but a couple of people have brought it up in various posts and I thought it would be good to have a post to discuss this. ONTD - I'm going to try and update this as it happens