BREAKING: Three Confirmed Dead, including Islamic Gunman, After Sydney Siege

 

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Three confirmed dead, including gunman, after Sydney siege

Police officers position themselves at a corner near Lindt cafe in Martin Place, where hostages are being held, in central Sydney December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside the central Sydney cafe where a black flag with white Arabic writing could be seen in the window Credits: REUTERS/Jason Reed

New South Wales police have confirmed the deaths of three people in what is being called the “Sydney siege.”

A man, 34, and a woman, 38, were pronounced dead at hospital, along with the gunman, Man Haron Monis, also known as Sheikh Haron, a 50-year-old self-styled cleric and refugee from Iran.

His rap sheet includes sexual assault offences and sending hateful letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas.

At 2:20 a.m. local time, police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Café in the central business district of downtown Sydney, ending a hostage crisis that began Monday morning local time – more than 16 hours earlier.

The perpetrator ordered hostages to hang from the window of the café a black flag with Arabic writing on it similar to the flag used by terrorists in Iraq and Syria, signalling a possible link to Islamic terrorists.

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The Canadian government said it was closely monitoring the situation as it unfolded.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement Monday that Canada and its allies would continue to “stand together against those who would threaten peace, freedom and democracy.”

“While Canada mourns with the people of Australia, we are also outraged by this barbaric act of depravity on innocent civilians who were merely going about their daily routine.”

In the harbourside city, home to half of Australia’s 500,000 Muslims, police moved on a man shouting anti-Islamic abuse at the scene of the ongoing siege.

The man strode up to a police cordon and shouted: “Someone is going to die here because of Islam! There is no such thing as moderate Islam. Wake up and smell the coffee.”

He was confronted by another man who shouted back: “Muslims are welcome here.” Police urged the first man to leave, to a mix of catcalls and claps of support.

CREDIT: REUTERS/Courtesy Seven Network

 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described the event as “deeply concerning” as he met with officials.
Speaking at a news conference in Canberra, Abbott also said people should go about their business, though with caution: “The whole point of politically motivated violence is to scare people out of being themselves.”“Australia is a peaceful, open and generous society – nothing should ever change that and that’s why I would urge all Australians today to go about their business as usual,” he said.He additionally cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the political motivation of the attackers, though admitted there were “obviously” indications what the motivation could be – apparently referencing the flag in the window.Live television footage showed patrons inside the cafe standing with their hands pressed against the windows.

CREDIT: REUTERS/Courtesy Seven Network

 

Local media reported that the nearby Sydney Opera House had been evacuated after a suspicious package had been found. A staff member at the world-famous venue said she was still in the building but declined to comment further and police said they were still trying to confirm the incident.

Grainy images of the suspected assailant showed what appeared to be a middle-aged man wearing a headband and a white shirt.

A man is seen standing behind the window of the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held. (CREDIT: REUTERS/Courtesy Seven Network)

Australia’s major banks closed branches in Sydney as a result of the hostage taking.

“Due to the police operation in Martin Place Sydney, 12 Westpac branches in Sydney CBD will be closed for the rest of today,” Westpac Banking Corporation said in a tweet. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group posted similar messages.

Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its escalating action against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, is on high alert for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East.

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In September, Australian anti-terrorism police said they had thwarted an imminent threat to behead a random member of the public and days later, a teenager in Melbourne was shot dead after attacking two anti-terrorism officers with a knife.

Here in Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird tweeted he’s been in touch with his Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all Australians during this difficult time,” Baird spokesman Rick Roth said.

Female employee hostage released earlier. SOURCE: REUTERS/Jason Reed

 

SOURCE: REUTERS/David Gray

 

 

Who is Man Haron Monis?

December 15, 2014 13:42

The self-styled cleric at the centre of the Sydney hostage crisis has shown plenty of radical signs before.

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/who-is-man-haron-monis%3F/3943082356001

Australia’s problem with radical extremists

December 15, 2014 21:04

What sparked the deadly hostage taking in Sydney Australia? Who is the terrorist?

http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/australia’s-problem-with-radical-extremists/3943379452001

 

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This is something that we will have to get used to OR do something about it real soon! We’ll be seeing more of these ISIS terrorist attacks if we don’t!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the hostage situation that took place in Sydney, Australia, which, according to police reports, resulted in the death of two hostages and several injured:
“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the hostages who perished in Sydney.  We also offer prayers that those injured have a speedy recovery.
“While Canada mourns with the people of Australia, we are also outraged by this barbaric act of depravity on innocent civilians who were merely going about their daily routine. 
“Canada and our allies will stand firm and will stand together against those who would threaten peace, freedom and democracy and all of the values we so cherish.”
My condolences to the Australian families who lost a loved one during this heinous attack. To the hostage victims and their families, I thank God you are alright…..Stand strong and stand firm during this time for our values and principles we share as a Western culture. Let our resolve to be done with this Islamic scourge never waver….. We stand with you, united in this fight against evil!
~Blessed B~

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8 Responses to BREAKING: Three Confirmed Dead, including Islamic Gunman, After Sydney Siege

  1. Hardnox says:

    This is horrible. I fear this will be the new norm. I also fear this will visit the USA.

    • Blessed B. says:

      It is horrible indeed! We will hear about more of these for sure…until the Western Leaders start taking a hard stance against terrorists within their own countries.

      Unfortunately…. it will show up in the USA. Dear Leader will do nothing about another terrorist attack on American soil. He has actually said before that America could handle another 9/11!

      He’s absolutely clueless! Many of his so called “Brothers” are already calling him an apostate…. Even the “Sydney Seige” terrorist!

      http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/68357?

      ~Quote~ “The interesting thing here is that Sheikh Haron viewed Obama as a Muslim who was hiding his religion based on his background. There hasn’t been much talk about this, but considering that Obama had a Muslim father and stepfather, many Muslims would view him as a Muslim and have varying views of his motives.”

      “Haron even put out a Fatwa against Obama:

      “In the name of Allah the beneficent the merciful
 The President-elect Barack Hussein Obama is a Murtad (apostate). Barack Hussein Obama must be treated as Murtad as long as he does not repent in public. It is an obligation upon every Muslim who is able, to treat Barack Hussein Obama according to Shariah law. Treating Barack Hussein Obama as an apostate according to Shariah law will be rewarded by Allah (swt). Muslims even for one moment must not doubt about treating Barack Hussein Obama as apostate.”

      Others tried to sound warning bells that America was about to elect a potential Islamist apostate as its president, including Canada Free Press (CFP) on March 10, 2006, in an article, headlined: ‘Barack Obama a Muslim apostate headed for the White House?’

      “Currently, Obama is an apostate as far as Islam is concerned. This is a fact and not a conspiracy theory. They say all babies are born Muslim but then parents of infidel religions brainwash the baby Muslims into other lesser faiths. That is a fact.

      “What must be done with an apostate of the Muslim faith? Give him a chance to convert back to Islam.

      “Meanwhile hype notwithstanding, “the new face of change and reform for the Democrat Party” is no Abe Lincoln, but could be the most upwardly mobile Muslim of the millennium.” ~~

  2. tiretramp says:

    Rest assured,any Hostage in Australia will be a victim,as a few years ago the all Know-nothing “G” took all the guns away from the law abiding people. They have no way to protect themselves out side of Tea and Crumpets. Once the import and Home grown radicals figure this out there will be many more attracts such as this.

    TT

    • Blessed B. says:

      Australia has the same gun laws as Canada…. They can only be used for hunting….not personal protection.

      From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_Australia

      ~Quote~
      Gun politics have only become a notable issue in Australia since the 1980s. Low levels of violent crime through much of the 20th century kept levels of public concern about firearms low. In the last two decades of the century, following several high profile multiple murders and a media campaign, the Australian government co-ordinated more restrictive firearms legislation with all state governments.

      A common misconception is that firearms are illegal in Australia and that no individual may possess them. While it’s true that Australia has restrictive firearms laws, rifles and shotguns (including semi-automatic), as well as handguns are all legal within a narrow set of criteria.

      As of 2007 about 5.2% of Australian adults (765,000 people)[1] own and use firearms for purposes such as hunting, controlling feral animals, collecting, security work, and target shooting.

      State laws govern the possession and use of firearms in Australia. These laws were largely aligned under the 1996 National Firearms Agreement (NFA). Anyone wishing to possess or use a firearm must have a Firearms Licence and, with some exceptions, be over the age of 18. Owners must have secure storage for their firearms.

      Each firearm in Australia must be registered to the owner by serial number except firearms manufactured before 1 Jan 1901 which in some cases are exempt from a serial number or exempt from registration all together. Some states allow an owner to store or borrow another person’s registered firearm of the same category. ~~

      Canada has done away with the registering of long guns ( Rifles), a couple of years ago. There are still many though who want it brought back because they are under the delusion that guns kill people!

      There is strict criteria though for a person to follow if they wish to conceal and carry a handgun. We do have folks that have met this criteria and carry a gun at all times….they aren’t just LEOs or such.

      The Australian government just has to get tougher in scrutinizing who is wanting to immigrate and denying access to those who are criminals from other countries. Deporting those who have criminal backgrounds already and immigrated. Making it clear to all that this type of behavior will be met with deadly force, with a “take no prisoners” approach to any who do terrorism tactics within the country.

  3. Terry says:

    “….The man strode up to a police cordon and shouted: “Someone is going to die here because of Islam! There is no such thing as moderate Islam. Wake up and smell the coffee.”

    He was confronted by another man who shouted back: “Muslims are welcome here.” Police urged the first man to leave, to a mix of catcalls and claps of support…..”

    Seriously ? They made the anti-muzzie leave ?
    What is wrong with THAT picture ?

    • Blessed B. says:

      It’s called “Political Correctness” ! The Aussies have a hate speech law also….

      Police didn’t want a riot so they urge the one speaking the blatant truth to leave to keep the peace. It happens here too! 🙁

  4. Kathy says:

    These sorts of events are becoming all too common, but it’s surprising that we haven’t seen actions like this in the US, although we’ve certainly had our share of it in the past.

    I wonder if it’s because there’s a gun ‘behind every blade of grass’ or are they just getting warmed up? Either way, this is terrible and my heart goes out to those affected.

    • Blessed B. says:

      I think they are just getting warmed up…. you will also be seeing your fair share of these. I just pray that the target is a school and Beslan is re-visited on American soil!

      The terrorists are gathering on American soil…. there are many already within the country, pouring in through the Southern Border. How many more have been allowed in through the airports legally? They are just biding their time……