Sydney’s hostage crisis ended early Tuesday as police stormed the cafe that had been under siege for about 17 hours, New South Wales Police said.
The gunman, named by Australian media as 50-year-old Iranian Man Haron Monis, wasn’t seen leaving the building after police opened fire on the cafe. A number of hostages ran out of the building a few minutes earlier.
The siege that began Monday morning triggered a lockdown in Sydney’s central business district, three months after Australia raised its terrorism alert to the highest level in a decade.
Paramedics converged on the site of the siege and assisted hostages from the cafe, television footage showed.