Sydney police say they killed the hostage-taker inside a café early today but that two hostages died after the 16-hour ordeal. Close to a dozen hostages had already fled the shop by the time police declared the situation under control, as reported earlier on Matzav.
The victims were a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman. Four others were injuried in the ordeal, inlcuding a police officer.
The Lindt café was taken over by a gunman identified as Man Haron Monis, who was facing 50 charges of sexual assault and charged as an accessory to murder in his ex-wife’s death. Monis was out on bail. Australian police swarmed the café at around 2 a.m. local time. Gunfire and flashes were visible in footage from the scene, and police stormed the café after a second group of hostages fled. Read more.