An undisclosed number of people were held hostage by a man inside a Café on Monday morning. The Lindt Chocolat Café in Martin Place in Sydney’s Central Business District was plunged in chaos as an armed man forced the hostages to raise a black Islamic flag against the window of the café.
According to Australian local TV Skynews, two men were running towards a group of police around a fire escape door. Another man wearing a brown apron run out through the door. Australian authorities had confirmed the escape of these hostages.
According to New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn: ”We are with those people now. The first thing that we are doing is making sure that they are okay. We will then establish who they are, and then we will continue to work with them.”
“We have been working through our negotiations to try to make sure that the people inside are cared for, that they have what they need, so that they don’t become ill or injured, so we will continue to do that.”
Later footage showed two more women running out the building.
New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said that the incident involves an armed offender and has an undisclosed number of hostages. They haven’t had any communication with the armed offender. He said that the armed man has a “terrorism footing.”