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Sydney Hostage Situation Comes To An End

December 15, 2014 10:05 am

SYDNEY — The siege of a downtown Sydney cafe where a a suspected Iranian-born Islamic extremist had been holding numerous hostages ended early Tuesday morning local time after police raided the building.

The suspect, who first took the cafe during Monday morning rush hour, was confirmed to be dead after the raid, sources tell CBS News.

It was not clear if the hostage taker, identified by police as local Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis, who had taken to calling himself “Sheikh Haron,” was killed by police or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.