In Lindt Cafe, Martin Place, Sydney some of the customers and workers are believed to have been taken hostage by one or more people according to the sources. This incident happened today morning around 10 AM, people nearby are in panic, the police force have arrived and surrounded the Lindt chocolate cafe. There may be around 10 to 15 people stuck in the cafe and they are in danger as of now. The neighboring blocks are said to be locked, also police is trying to contact the armed men inside the cafe. Martin Place has many important buildings in surroundings which includes Premier Mike Baird’s office, Commonwealth Bank headquarters, Westpac Bank, US embassy, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Network Seven. According to the witnesses a black flag with some message in Arabic language was displayed in the window. This flag is a just Islamic flag and not linked to ISIS or ISIL according to the major news sources.
Lindt Chocolate Cafe, Martin Place Photos: Sydney Siege
Sydney Siege: Lindt Cafe, Martin Place Video
New South Wales Police Force said
“We have been tested today in Sydney, the police is being tested, the public is being tested, but whatever the test we will face head on.”
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said
“There are choppers in the air and air traffic is being rerouted according. At this stage no impact on the air traffic network,”
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said
“This is obviously a deeply concerning incident but all Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner, We will provide regular updates as further information becomes available.”
According to the witness Journalist Chris Kenny who was there 20 minutes before the siege start said “I understood the automatic glass sliding doors had been disabled. I did speak to a couple of people who saw a bit more of this unfold than I did.”
Another woman said she tried to go into the shop just after I came ut with my takeaway coffee but the doors wouldn’t open. She said immediately she could see there was a weapon. She mentioned it being taken out of a blue bag and people were straight away asked to put up their hands.
We will update with more live news, photos and video of this Sydney Siege at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place, stay tuned.