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Terrified Hostages Flee Siege at Sydney's Lindt Cafe
People cross police tape near the scene of a siege in Martin Place, in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 15. A suspected Islamist gunman took hostages inside a Lindt chocolate shop and cafe on Monday. Five hostages managed to flee the building, but an unknown number remained inside the cafe.
People presumed to be hostages hold up a flag with Arabic writing in the window of the Lindt Cafe. Chris Reason, a journalist with NBC News' Australian partner Channel 7, said the hostage-taker was "forcing them to stand against windows, sometimes two hours at a time." He added that the suspect seemed to be "getting extremely agitated" after the five hostages left.