Situation: Man Haron Monis, a lone wolf extremist who claimed to support ISIS, entered the Lindt Chocolat Café in Sydney, Australia with a pump-action shotgun around 9:45 a.m. on December 15, 2014 and took 17 hostages (with estimates going as high as 40 at the start of the siege). At approximately 10:09 a.m. Monis hung an Islamic banner inside the café. Two hours later, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott labeled the unfolding event as a “deeply concerning incident” as police cordoned the area. Around 4 p.m., 5 hostages escaped from the café. Police negotiated with Monis at 6:30 p.m. The hostage taker was identified as Monis around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday. More hostages escaped around 2:10 a.m., leading police to enter the building after hearing gunshots inside the café.
Mission: NSW Tactical Operations Group will rescue the hostages and neutralize the threat.
Execution: The Tactical Operations Group entered the building through a stack breach, using M4 carbines and flash-bang grenades. Police neutralized Man Haron Monis, but hostages Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson were killed. Four others were wounded, including one police officer. The siege official ended at 2:40 a.m. after 16 hours.
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