Warning – AUSTRALIA – HOSTAGE SITUATION – Sydney – Update 3 – Gunman holding unknown number of people hostage in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe, in downtown Sydney claims he has planted bombs in the city as five hostages managed to flee the siege. HE also warns that bombs were set to explode in the cafe, and other bombs are planted at two locations in the city. Armed man also demanding the delivery of an Islamic State ( *IS*) flag and a conversation with Australian Prime Minister
Warning – AUSTRALIA – HOSTAGE SITUATION – Sydney – Update 2 – Reports say 3 staff members and 2 customers have escaped from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Television footage shows two people holding up a black flag with white Arabic writing on it. Public warned told to stay away from Martin Place while several countries are also issuing cautionary advisories
Warning – SYDNEY – Armed men are holding up to 50 people hostage at the popular Lindt chocolate shop in Sydney. Several buildings are on lockdown in the area.