Martin Place siege: Hostages taken in Lindt Chocolate shop by armed robber
It is believed there are as many as 13 hostages in the Lindt Chocolat cafe. Witnesses described seeing cafe staff and shoppers pinned up against the building’s front window, with their arms raised and a black and white Islamic flag in the window. At least two gunmen are believed to be in the cafe. A squad of heavily armed specialist police officers have gathered on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place.