Opptil 20 personer holdes som gisler i Lindt Chocolate Cafe på Martin Place i Sydney. Andre rapporter sier det er 13 gisler. De tror det kun er én person som er gisseltaker. Vitner sier han har en avsagd hagle. Alle gatene i området er sperret av. Operahuset og parlamentet er evakuert. En mistenkelig pakke er blitt funnet i operahuset.
Jihadflagg holdes opp av gislene
Flagget rapporteres å være shahada.
Ved tidligere terroristaksjoner har jihadistene drept alle de som ikke kunne deklamere shahada.
The news channel also said Sydney Opera House was evacuated after a suspicious package was found not long after the police operation in the financial district began at around 10am local time.
A spokeswoman for New South Wales police could not immediately confirm the reports, and the opera house has not replied to calls.
In a separate development, the AFP news agency is reporting that a man was arrested on alleged terrorism offences in the city just a few hours before the police operation began.
The 25-year-old was seized this morning as part of «continuing investigations into the planning of a terrorist attack on Australian soil and the facilitation of travel of Australian citizens to Syria to engage in armed combat», the news agency said.
Gisseltakeren har svart jihad pannebånd.
Lokale 7News meldte i september om et terroristangrep hvor planen var å offentlig halshugge en tilfeldig person på Martin Place.
7News reporter Robert Ovadia revealed on Thursday sickening details of the alleged plot to kidnap a random person from the streets of Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, and film their public beheading.
The alleged intention was to post the footage to social media, with the victim’s body draped in an Islamic State flag.