Terrified Hostages Flee Siege At Sydney's Lindt Cafe

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Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

<div>Five people managed to flee a chocolate shop where a suspected Islamist gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages.</div><div><br></div><div><img =
Joel Carrett / EPA

1. 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.

David Gray / Reuters

2. A police officer runs across Martin Place near the Lindt Cafe.

Don Arnold / Getty Images

3. Police secure the scene near the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place. Major landmarks in the city, including the Sydney Opera House, were evacuated as police responded to a hostage situation.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

4. Two hostages, left, run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe. The first hostages to emerge were three men, who ran out of side exits toward armed police. An hour or so later, two women ran out.

William West / AFP - Getty Images

5. Two hostages run for cover behind a policeman after running out of the Lindt Cafe.

Channel Seven / AFP - Getty Images

6. 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.

Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images

7. One of the hostages runs towards police after fleeing the cafe.

Rob Griffith / AP

8. A fleeing woman, who appeared to be a member of staff at the cafe, runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after escaping.

Rob Griffith / AP

9. A woman is bundled around a corner to safety by police officers. Authorities wouldn't say whether the hostages had escaped or were freed by the gunman, but they dashed out of the cafe in panic.

Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images

10. Police confer on Philip Street, near the Lindt Cafe.

Joosep Martinson / Getty Images

11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.
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11. Construction workers gather in front of the Sydney Opera House after being evacuated.

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