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Sydney Cafe Under Siege After Unknown Assailants Take Patrons Hostage

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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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:

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    Jared, they released some hostages; it seems to be a Muslim coup. Sorry to say we will see more of those in the future thanks to our world politics.
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    Dutch Wrote: Jared, they released some hostages; it seems to be a Muslim coup. Sorry to say we will see more of those in the future thanks to our world politics.
    I think it's a little more complicated than just the fact that the individual was a Muslim. Terrorism happens world wide and is conducted by individuals of all races and religious affiliations. The media just tends to sensationalize things whenever they know a Muslim is doing it.

    Australian authorities just stormed the shop and have declared the crisis over. Seven hostages had fled before the police stormed the shop and police have not released an updated number of survivors or causalities now that the ordeal is over.

    ABC Story: Sydney Hostage Crisis Over After Police Storm Cafe With Stun Grenades
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    The gunman has been identified as Man Haron Monis, a a self-proclaimed Islamic “sheikh.”

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    There does seem to be a lot of fixation on his Muslim religion, although the hostage situation probably also added to the sensationalism of the event. But did anyone hear that a gunman was loose in Pennsylvania after a shooting spree today that killed six people? The gunman has been identified as a military veteran and his picture has been shown in some media websites. This event didn't capture headlines.
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    Schmidt Wrote: There does seem to be a lot of fixation on his Muslim religion, although the hostage situation probably also added to the sensationalism of the event. But did anyone hear that a gunman was loose in Pennsylvania after a shooting spree today that killed six people? The gunman has been identified as a military veteran and his picture has been shown in some media websites. This event didn't capture headlines.
    Schmidt, that is indeed as what you wrote in another thread; this country is getting more and more hypocritical in all aspects.