TWO hostages and a lone gunman were killed and four others were injured when Sydney’s terror siege was brought to a violent end in Martin Place this morning.
After almost 17 hours of fear and violence in the heart of Sydney, police stormed the Lindt Cafe about 2.05am AEDT on Tuesday when the lone gunman identified as 50-year-old self-proclaimed sheik Man Haron Monis opened fire on his hostages.
Of the seventeen hostages caught up in the drama, two were killed and four others were injured.
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Five people managed to break free on Monday afternoon and another six bolted from the building minutes before the all out shootout.
Cafe manager 34-year-old Tori Johnson was killed in a stand-off with the gunman after he reportedly tried wrestling the firearm from his hands.
Katrina Dawson, a 38-year-old respected barrister and innocent mother of three, was also killed while reportedly shielding a pregnant friend during the shootout.
Among the surviving hostages include 83-year-old John O’Brian, 19-year-old year old university student Jarrod Hoffman, 30-year-old Harriette Denny, Sydney barrister Julie Taylor, 32-year-old software engineer Viswakanth Ankireddy and 22-year-old Lindt employee Elly Chan.