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Armed individuals have taken over a cafe in the heart of Australia's most populous city and are holding an unknown number of hostages. The famed Sydney Opera House has also been evacuated after a 'suspicious package' was noticed. It is currently unknown who is responsible for this, but the black flag they are holding up in the window is NOT
the flag for the ISIS terrorist group.
There is still very little information right now and I'll update this thread as more information comes to light. For now, VOX has compiled a pretty good list
of everything that is and isn't known. You can also get real time updates from ABC News
Below is a short statement from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott giving an update on the situation: