Islamic state attack in Sydney: Australian police say no contact with hostage-taker in cafe

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Published: December 15, 2014 9:56:55 AM

Australian police said they do not have any direct contact with an armed offender holding an undisclosed number of people hostage.

Police Commissionersaid the siege was contained to a single event in Sydney's central business district and that the city remained open for business. (Reuters)Police Commissionersaid the siege was contained to a single event in Sydney’s central business district and that the city remained open for business. (Reuters)

Australian police said on Monday they had not had direct contact with an armed offender holding an undisclosed number of people hostage at a cafe in central Sydney.

“We have moved to a footing that would be consistent with a terrorist event,” New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters in Sydney.

Scipione said the siege was contained to a single event in Sydney’s central business district and that the city remained open for business.

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