It is over, and three are dead. The jihadist is a known self-proclaimed imam who has tangled with police in the past, and he was currently under probation for previous offenses. Watch for the media spinning this as a mental problem of other excuses, and wait for the media to start talking about backlash against Muslims, making sure we see them as the victims.
From Yahoo News December 15 by Hamish MacDonald, Dan Good, Rym Momtaz and Meghan Keneally
Gunman and Two Others Dead in Sydney Hostage Crisis
A gunman holding captives in a Sydney chocolate shop and two of his hostages have been killed, Australian police confirmed.
The suspect had previously been identified as Man Monis by local news reports, and the manner in which he died still remains unclear but New South Wales police have confirmed his death. The identities of the two others killed were not immediately revealed.
Police stormed the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in the early hours of Tuesday morning, local time, and three injuries have been reported, including one policeman.
New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said that the decision to enter the premises came after they heard gunshots coming from inside. Scipione also confirmed that, in total, Monis had been holding 17 people hostage, though up to 12 of those individuals had been able to get out of the store before police began their assault.
Scipione and New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said that Monis was a "lone gunman" and no explosives had been found in the area surrounding the Lindt Chocolat Cafe.
"We have lost some of our own in an attack we never thought we would see here in our own city," Baird said at a news conference Tuesday morning, local time.
Explosions of what were believed to be flash bang grenades were heard when police stormed the shop and while there were many loud noises, it is not clear if or how many shots were fired by either police or Monis during the face off.
At 10:19 a.m. ET, a group of at least seven heavily armed police officers went into the Lindt cafe under the cover of loud bangs of what local news Channel 9 is calling stun grenades. Shortly after the police stormed the café, at least two hostages emerged, looking visibly shaken.
A few minutes later, a few paramedics were seen entering the café behind police officers with medical packs -- followed by at least two stretchers. The explosive police action came shortly after a new wave of hostages emerged from the shop.
Monis was believed to be a self-proclaimed Islamic "sheikh" who is known to Australian police because he was allegedly involved in dozens of counts of sexual assault, according to Australia's 9News.
He was born in Iran as Manteghi Bourjerdi and migrated to Australia in 1996, according to the station.
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