Australian commandos have finally stormed into a cafe in Sydney, ending the 16 hour siege by a gunman, identified as an Iranian refugee who took over dozens of hostages.
The paramedics that are carrying stretchers have raced towards the cafe moments after the commandos entered into the building as several people injured in the whole incident. Unofficial reports says that two people, including the gunman died.
The whole center of the city has been in lockdown since gunman seized the hostages on Monday morning.
The dramatic scenes finally ended with a tense hostage situation early Tuesday in Sydney, with the sounds of an explosion and gunfire as the Australian police stormed the cafe, where a gunman had threatened for hours by taking nearly 10 people hostage.
Channel 7 reporter Chris Reason told CNN: “The whole moment seemed to begin by the escape by our count of six or seven hostages; they ran out from the right-hand side of the cafe and flew down the steps and into the arms of the waiting police.”
The following is the updated footage of the incident released.
The cafe where the incident took place is located in Martin Place, a busy shopping area in Sydney’s financial district.