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Hostage Situation Unfolding in Australia, Up to 20 People Held Hostage,Terrorist Linked to ISIS Could be Responsible

December 15, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
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An armed gunman is holding up to 2- people hostage inside a chocolate shop in Sydney with their hands pressed up against the windows, Sky News Australia reports.

Australian special forces have been called in to the city’s financial district and New South Wales police are advising people to stay out of the area.

Television footage shot through the store’s windows showed several people with their arms in the air and hands pressed against the glass. The footage showed two people inside the Lindt chocolate shop holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it, according to The Associated Press. It was not immediately clear what the flag said.

New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the shop or whether hostages were being held.

The shop is located in the heart of the city’s financial district and streets in the area were closed. Police officers were lined up outside the shop.

“A police operation is underway in Martin Place, Sydney’s CBD. People are advised to avoid the area,” New South Wales police posted on their Twitter account.

Australian police told The Telegraph that they are also responding to an “incident” at the Sydney Opera House. Local television reports say the facility was evacuated after a suspicious package was found.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the National Security Committee of Cabinet has convened for emergency briefings on the situation.

“This is obviously a deeply concerning incident but all Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner,” the office said in a statement.

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