Police are surrounding a café in the central business district of Martin Place, Sydney, Australia where a gunmen has locked up to 50 hostages in the Lindt Café, New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione confirmed Monday. Some hostages were seen with raised arms; others pressing a black flag with Arabic text against the café windows. Prime Minister Tony Abbot: We don’t know yet the perpetrator’s motivation. But the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.
Armed police have evacuated streets in the area, including banks and Supreme Court of Australia. No contact has yet been made with the gunman who wears a black bandanna with Arabic writing. Scores of Australians have traveled to Syria to join ISIS raising a terrorist threat on their return. After four hours into the siege, it is still ongoing.. Scores of Australia have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS raising a terrorist threat on their return.