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Australia, ISIS, hostages

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Theredandthewhite Mon 15-Dec-14 00:02:36

What the bloody hell is going on? Poor people

Fingers crossed they all leave unharmed

Theredandthewhite Mon 15-Dec-14 00:03:10

sorry DM link

Pensionerpeep Mon 15-Dec-14 00:04:07

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Mrsmorton Mon 15-Dec-14 00:05:14

This is quite scary.

Theredandthewhite Mon 15-Dec-14 00:05:56

Couldn't see a BBC link

Terrifying, fucking animals

Pensionerpeep Mon 15-Dec-14 00:08:55

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TrojanWhore Mon 15-Dec-14 00:11:13

The pic of the flag is cut off half way. It appears to be the Black Standard, which is associated with jihadists/Islamists. It's not necessarily ISIS.

The footage looks terrifying, as they seem to have placed hostages in the windows.

I hope no more footage will be shown.

A number of other sites in Sydney are being evacuated. Police asking people to stay away from the area.

Theredandthewhite Mon 15-Dec-14 00:11:37

Oh ok.

I looked for one online instead of linking to the DM.

cleanmachine Mon 15-Dec-14 00:11:48

So distressing.

SunshineBossaNova Mon 15-Dec-14 00:12:18

Apparently it's not the ISIS flag. It's a flag showing the Shahada, which is the Muslim creed. So not necessarily ISIS.

AuntieStella Mon 15-Dec-14 00:13:04

news.com.au page here, being updated as info released

Theredandthewhite Mon 15-Dec-14 00:13:32

Trojan, interesting about the flag. Reports that an alleged terrorist was arrested earlier today in Sydney too.

Hoping and praying they all get home ok.

Pimpleminds Mon 15-Dec-14 00:17:48

Fucking hell. Poor people.

I hope this can be settled peacefully and the hostages released.

AuntieStella Mon 15-Dec-14 00:18:57

Yes, apparently there was going to be a press announcement about the earlier terrorism arrests at 11:00 Sydney time, but that has been cancelled given the siege.

Moreshabbythanchic Mon 15-Dec-14 00:19:39

They are now saying devices all over the city. Those poor people, they must be terrified, please let them be safe.

Theredandthewhite Mon 15-Dec-14 00:19:51

Auntie, that link you posted is now saying 40-50 people being held hostage.

Theredandthewhite Mon 15-Dec-14 00:20:27

Shabby where did you see that?

Pensionerpeep Mon 15-Dec-14 00:21:37

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AuntieStella Mon 15-Dec-14 00:22:33

It probably means that they don't actually know how many people would typically be in the cafe at that time of day.

Moreshabbythanchic Mon 15-Dec-14 00:25:17

Its live on Sky news now.

TrojanWhore Mon 15-Dec-14 00:26:49

Lots of (not terribly clearly sourced) reports about what may be happening.

Sydney Opera House and some other sites evacuated, but not clear if it's precautionary of if there are specific threats or incidents.

Sydney airport remains open, but flights being diverted to avoid CBD.

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Mon 15-Dec-14 00:27:47

Oh god, that's horrific. sad

guaranteedpersonality Mon 15-Dec-14 00:29:40

There is a discussion of the flag and it's possible significance here - Sydney Morning Herald

AllOutOfNaiceHam Mon 15-Dec-14 00:31:44

Oh god.

Tryingtobecalm Mon 15-Dec-14 00:32:49

It is across from a news station and a government building.

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