Opera House, State Library and all CBD court houses evacuated

terrorKey points:

  • Heavily armed police have taken up position around the Lindt cafe in central Sydney
  • At least one armed offender holding “undisclosed number” of hostages, police say
  • Police still working to determine motivation of offender and have moved to a footing consistent with a terrorism event
  • Black flag with white Arabic writing reading “There is no God but Allah” and “Mohammed is the messenger of God” waved behind the hostages
  • Martin Place, Sydney Opera House, State Library and all CBD court houses evacuated
  • Lindt Australia executive says there are about 10 staff and up to 30 customers trapped in the cafe. Police declined to comment on the number of hostages involved.
  • National Security Committee of Cabinet has convened; Prime Minister Tony Abbott  described incident as “deeply concerning” and offered NSW all assistance possible.

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