Police say Sydney cafe hostage situation over

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Hostages run toward armed tactical response police as they run to freedom from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.  AP PHOTO/ROB GRIFFITH

Hostages
run toward armed tactical response police as they run to freedom from a
cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of
Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. AP PHOTO/ROB GRIFFITH

SYDNEY—Police say a hostage situation in Sydney is over after a swarm
of heavily armed police stormed a downtown cafe where a gunman had been
holding an unknown number of people.

A police spokesman confirmed “the operation is over” early Tuesday but would not release any further details.

Police swooped into the Lindt Chocolat Cafe shortly after five or six hostages were seen running out of the building.

After the police moved in, one weeping woman was helped out by the
officers and at least two other people were wheeled out on stretchers.–Kristen Gelineau

| Inquirer News

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