Iran had repeatedly warned Australia about the Islamist hostage-taker in Sydney whose 16-hour siege resulted in the deaths of two captives, before a police operation resulted in his death as well, according to a high-level Iranian official.
Two victims of the terrorist siege in the Sydney café have been hailed as heroes after it emerged that a barrister and the café manager died attempting to save others. The barrister shielded a pregnant friend and the manager tried tackling the terrorist.
Counterterrorism measures make it difficult to dispatch groups to attack the West, so terrorist organizations may stick to the strategy practiced by al-Qaeda, and call upon individual amateurs instead, Middle East expert Max Abrahms told RT.
The police siege of a Sydney café, where a gunman is holding up to 40 hostages, may last for days, officials said. The attacker is apparently a supporter of the radical Islamic State group, which Australia is fighting against in Iraq.
Sheik Man Haron Monis, an Islamic ‘spiritual healer’ who is facing charges of sexual assault and being an accessory to murder, has been identified as the man who has taken civilians hostage in a Sydney café, according to local media citing police sources.
A hostage situation in the heart of Sydney hasn’t stopped some passers-by making light of the whole affair, snapping selfies and even knocking back booze while dozens of lives remain at risk. The behavior has sparked fierce criticism on social media.
Australian Twitter users have shown their support for their Muslim neighbors with a spontaneous campaign, offering to ride with them on buses and trains, or give them a lift to work to ensure their safety as the Sydney hostage situation continues.