The NSW Police have released names of the two hostages killed at the Martin Place café siege. Tori Johnson, the manager of the Lindt Chocolat Café, and Katrina Dawson, a barrister from Sydney and a mother of three.
The 17-hour Siege came to an end following a dramatic raid by the police on the café to free the hostages. Police stormed the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place just after 2am. The gunshots were believed to be fired by the hostage taker. It was reported earlier by the police that Tori Johnson tried to grab the gun from the hostage taker Man Haron Monis as he dozed off. Details of the incident are still emerging. Katrina Dawson was taken to hospital following the police raid earlier Tuesday morning where she was pronounced dead.
There were 17 hostages in total since the siege began. Five hostages ran out of the café on Monday in two separate batches. The remaining hostages fled the scene after gunshots were heard from the café. Soon after the gunshots were fired, seven hostages were seen running out and the police’s emergency action plan was implemented. The remaining hostages ran to rescue and are being treated by various hospitals in Sydney.
A police officer with a gunshot wound to his face and some of the hostages are being treated at hospital.
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