Police say three people are dead — including the gunman — after authorities stormed a Sydney cafe early Tuesday, bringing to a dramatic end a 16-hour standoff in which a jihadist and murder suspect held an unknown number of hostages in a scene much of the world watched on television.
A series of explosions, believed to be gunshots and flash grenades, came just before 2:30 a.m. local time as several more hostages fled Lindt Chocolat Cafe, where a man identified as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian also known for sending hate mail to the families of fallen soldiers, was holed up with an unknown number of captives. Authorities told The Associated Press that Monis was killed during the confrontation with police.
A female hostage was shot in the leg, an official told The Associated Press, one of at least three people hospitalized for injuries and shock. At least two people were wheeled out of the cafe on stretchers and a weeping woman was helped out by police.
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