Magazine

Dec 15, 2014

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe

Australian police locked down the centre of the country's biggest city on Monday after an armed assailant walked into a downtown Sydney cafe, took hostages and forced them to display an Islamic flag, igniting fears of a jihadist attack. Police said they knew of one armed assailant involved in the incident at the Lindt chocolate cafe in the heart of Sydney's financial district, but there could be more. Update: Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
1

New South Wales state police officers are seen at a corner near Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
2

Police officers position themselves at a corner near Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
3

Reporters and other onlookers behind a police cordon are reflected in the glasses of a police officer near Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
4

Police officers gesture near Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
5

A woman is assisted as a group of people are evacuated by police from a building next to Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
6

People standing behind a police cordon look towards Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
7

A police officer runs across Martin Place near Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
8

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. Two more hostages have run out of the cafe at the center of a siege in Sydney, Australia's largest city, according to a Reuters witness at the site. The two women were both wearing aprons indicating they were staff at the Lindt cafe where a gunman has been holding an unknown number of hostages for several hours. Three men had earlier run out of the cafe. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
9

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. Two more hostages have run out of the cafe at the center of a siege in Sydney, Australia's largest city, according to a Reuters witness at the site. The two women were both wearing aprons indicating they were staff at the Lindt cafe where a gunman has been holding an unknown number of hostages for several hours. Three men had earlier run out of the cafe. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
10

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
11

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
12

Police use a ladder to evacuate people from a building near Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. Australian police locked down the centre of the country's biggest city on Monday after an armed assailant walked into the downtown Sydney cafe, took hostages and forced them to display an Islamic flag, igniting fears of a jihadist attack. Police said they knew of one armed assailant involved in the incident at the Lindt chocolate cafe in the heart of Sydney's financial district, but there could be more. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
13

A heavily armed police officer walks near Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held,in Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
14

A woman is seen in a window of the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
15

Police push back a member of the public who tried to get into a building located near the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 15, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
16

Heavily armed policemen stand guard outside the building containing the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
17

Police rescue personnel carry an injured woman from the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
18

Two heavily armed police officers assist a hostage away from Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
19

Police rescue personnel carry an injured woman from the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
20

Police rescue personnel carry an injured woman from the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
21

A heavily armed policeman holds his weapon as paramedics rush towards the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
22

Hostages run towards a police officer (R) near Lindt Cafe, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
23

Two heavily armed police officers assist a hostage away from Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
24

A hostage (L) runs towards police officers near Lindt Cafe, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
25

Paramedics remove an injured woman on a stretcher from the Lindt cafe, where hostages were being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
26

A heavily armed police officer (top L) gestures near Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
27

A person wearing an armoured suit (2nd L) walks with police officers near Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. JASON REED/REUTERS

Sydney Siege: Hostages Held in Sydney Cafe
28

Paramedics remove a person, with bloodstains on the blankets covering the person, on a stretcher from the Lindt cafe, where hostages were being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16, 2014. DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

You may also like

  • Best Pictures Of 2017

  • The Best Weird And Wonderful...

  • The adoration of Kim Jong Un

  • The Photos Of 2017 Week 49

  • The California Wildfires are...

  • Santa hits the slopes

Something to say? Use Facebook!

Or say it with Disqus!

comments powered by Disqus