2014 Sydney hostage crisis

hostage crisis in Sydney

On 15 and 16 December 2014, there was a hostage crisis in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Seventeen people were taken hostage by a gunman at 9:44 a.m. in a Lindt chocolate café in Martin Place on 15 December.[1] The gunman has been identified as Iranian immigrant Man Haron Monis.[2] He had a criminal record and supported Islamic terrorism. Five people, three workers and two customers, escaped after being held by Monis for several hours. Monis shot one hostage who died. Seventeen hours after the crisis started, the police raided the café at 2:44 a.m. on the morning of 16 December. The gunman died during when the police shot him in the head. Another hostage was killed by police bullet fragments. Four other people were injured.[3] There has been world-wide condemnation of the attack.

A crowd watches from behind police lines in Martin Place


  1. "Sydney Hostage Crisis Over After Police Storm Cafe". Huffington Post. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney (15 December 2014). "Sydney siege gunman named as Man Haron Monis". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. "BBC News - Sydney siege: Gunman takes hostages in Lindt cafe". BBC News. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.

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