The 17 hour in Sydney has ended with the death of three people, one of them the hostage taker - Mon
|A casualty from the Martin Place siege|
The deaths came after five of the hostages made a break from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe just after 2am this morning, with armed police storming the cafe and engaging in shooting with the Haron.
It's unclear how the hostages were killed but Australian police said a short time ago one died at the scene and the other in hospital.
Many details about Sheik Haron also remain unclear but media suggest he was a 'lone nutcase' rather than the 'lone wolf' authorities feared.
Media reports say the 50 year old Iranian was on bail and had been serving jail time for the murder of
|Hostages made to hold up Shahada flag|
The hostage situation began at 9.45am yesterday morning at the popular cafe in Martin Place and there was widespread fear the gunman was linked to the militant group ISIS.
The flag used by Mon Manis fuelled the fear of a terrorist attack. The flag is not that used by ISIS but is known to be used by jihadists.
Media reports this morning say the hostage-taker had demanded the delivery of an ISIS flag and a conversation with Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott.
Debate in Australia this morning continues to focus on whether Mon Mani was a terrorist attack or not.
The siege made world headlines, especially with Australia on high alert for a terrorist attackfollowing threats from Isis.
In Fiji yesterday, Fiji's Opposition recalled the country's hostage situation of 2000 when George Speight took Mahendra Chaudhry and his Cabinet hostage in Parliament.
Opposition Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, said in a statement that the Sydney siege is a clear warning to the region that no country is immune from terrorism.
Ratu Isoa urged Fiji citizens to pray for the safe release of those held hostage, and a speedy end to the crisis.
"That an act of terrorism has occurred in one of the two leading democracies in our region is a stark reminder of just how vulnerable we all are to those determined to unleash violence on a society in pursuit of their extremist goals."
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