Australia: PM says hostage taker was ‘deeply disturbed’

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:41PM UTC Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was well known to police. Pic: AP.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s prime minister says the gunman who took hostages in a Sydney cafe was “a deeply disturbed individual’ known to the police but he was not on a terror watch list.

Australian PM lays flowers at memorials for siege victims

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:33PM UTC Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie pay their respect to the victims of the siege in Martin Place in Sydney central business district, Australia, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has laid flowers at a makeshift memorial in Sydney for the victims of a central city cafe siege which left three people dead.

The aftermath: Australian public reaction to the Sydney siege

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:10PM UTC Members of the Muslim community lay flowers at Martin place after 2 people and gunman died when the Siege ended at 2am this morning Photo: Ben Rushton

“It’s over. Thank God.” These were my thoughts on waking in Brisbane this morning to news that the Sydney siege had ended at 2am last night, sadly with the loss of two hostages. The gunman responsible for the 16-hour siege at the Lindt cafe in the city’s CBD was also killed.

Australia searches for answers after Sydney hostage tragedy

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:24PM UTC A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site of the siege. Pic: AP.

At 2am Sydney time police raided the Lindt cafe in the city’s central Martin Place to free hostages taken early Monday. Two hostages of the 17 are dead, as is the single gunman who held them, Man Haron Monis. Five of those 17 had previously escaped.

Sydney siege: 3 dead, including gunman, after police storm cafe

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 9:42AM UTC Hostages run to safety during a cafe siege in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney police say three people have died, including the gunman, during a hostage crisis that ended when officers stormed a downtown cafe.

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