Hostages Taken In Sydney, Australia Cafe
At least one armed man has taken hostages at a Sydney cafe.
Hundreds of armed police have sealed off the normally busy Martin Place in Sydney’s central business district.
Pictures on Australian television have shown at least three people with their hands up against a window, and a black flag with Arabic writing.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described the incident as “deeply concerning”.
He said it was not yet clear who was behind the incident or what their motives were, but said law enforcement agencies were well-equipped to respond.
In a brief news conference, he said the National Security Committee had been briefed, and urged Australians to go about their lives but to be alert.[su_csky_ad]