In the central part of Sydney this morning, there has been a standoff as an armed man is holding an unknown amount of hostages. The crisis has shut down the largest city in Australia, while the nation’s attention is being focused on the news story of the ISIS militant group’s kidnapping.
3 hostages were seen running from the café, since the day long siege has started. Police do not have an exact number but assume that 30-40 citizens are inside, being held against their will by at least one armed man.
Australian P.M. Tony Abbot, stated that hostage incident is politically related and commented on how disturbing the whole situation is. His thoughts are with the people inside and their families.
Australia is a strong supporter of the United States and holds the same view of ISIS, the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, as a terrorist network.
Australia is suffering from home-grown terrorists who have returned from fighting Jihad in the Middle East against the West.
As coffee patrons are being forced to press their hands against the window and wave ISIS and Shahada flags , which says, “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” and considered a sign of faith in Islam.
The television station across the street from the café, has been documenting the incident with live feeds.
The ordeal has shut down central Sydney, as many workers in the district have been unable to travel, nor enter their work places. The scare could not come at worse time, as the district is getting ready for Christmas festivals.
Security was increased in September, as Australian police are engaging in anti-terrorism training, after a random member of the society was threaten to be beheaded; as well as the shooting of a teen in Melbourne, who attacked anti-terrorism officers with a blade.
At 9:45, local time, the siege began in New South Wales, close the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia. The RBA has stated that all of their employees are safe.
One witness stated her story, as she tried to open the cafe door but it was locked. She went on to say that she saw that people were sitting on the floor with their hands tied behind their back. She also commented that the one man walking around was wearing a hat and a beard.
Police have helped evacuate other buildings in the area, including the rooms above the café. The residents had to use the fire escape so as to climb down the staircase outside of the building to safety.
There may be 10 employees inside the café and nearly 30 customers
The US embassy, which is also close to the district where the hostage situation is happening, has been evacuated, along with the famous Sydney Opera House.
Sydney businesses forced to close
The central district of Sydney has been shut down as major banks and offices have been closed due to the hostage situation.
Stores within a four-five block parameter have been shut down, for the safety of the workers and customers. The central district was a ghost town this afternoon.
Day traders will see a drop in the AUD, which has been on the decline as the oil prices hit new lows. Binary option traders tend to use the AUD and NZD to trade China’s economy, as the two currencies often reflect the status of China’s economy since it often trades with Australia and New Zealand.
Radical Islamic actions are starting to cause fear in Australians, as their concern about terrorism has been growing over the past few years. The National Security Agency placed the nation on high alert in September, for terrorist attacks.
One of Australia’s top radio personalities was reached by one of the hostages during the hold up, as the alleged kidnapper barked orders to his hostages, police are declining to comment on this.