Dramatic footage and images were shot of several hostages escaping the besieged Lindt Café in central Sydney. The tense stand-off between Australian police and a gunman lasted over 16 hours and came to an end when police stormed the café.

The first group of five hostages escaped the Lindt Café late on Monday, after 10 hours of tension in central Sydney. First, three men ran out, followed later by two women wearing aprons, probably members of staff. It’s not clear whether the gunman released them, or they seized the moment to run for safety.


Another group of hostages fled the café just after 2 am local time, after loud bangs were heard from inside. Following this, SWAT teams stormed the building.

As a result of the police operation at Sydney’s Lindt Café on Monday, the gunman identified as Iranian-born Sheik Man Haron Monis was killed, New South Wales (NSW) police said.

Two hostages, a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said adding that four more including a policeman were injured.