Sydney hostage-taker named

Australian media have named the gunman holding 15-30 hostages at the Sydney Lindt café as Man Haron Monis, 49, who was well known to the police for his long history of criminal convictions and jail. He was a self-proclaimed sheikh who claimed black magic skills and perpetrated various crimes including allegedly murdering his ex-wife, sexual molestations of seven women and harassing the families of Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

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