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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: SES Volunteers carefully carry away a photo tribute of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson at Martin Place on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Volunteers have gathered at Martin Place this morning to begin clearing the thousands of bouquets and cards left in tribute to Tori Johnnson and Katrina Dawson, who were killed in last week's hostage siege at the Lindt Cafe. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: A photo tribute for Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson is seen amongst flowers at a wreath laying ceremony after the funeral for Tori Johnson at Martin Place on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Volunteers have gathered at Martin Place this morning to begin clearing the thousands of bouquets and cards left in tribute to Tori Johnnson and Katrina Dawson, who were killed in last week's hostage siege at the Lindt Cafe. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: SES Volunteers prepare to take remove a photo tribute of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson at Martin Place on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Volunteers have gathered at Martin Place this morning to begin clearing the thousands of bouquets and cards left in tribute to Tori Johnnson and Katrina Dawson, who were killed in last week's hostage siege at the Lindt Cafe. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Volunteers from the State Emergency Services remove flowers from the Memorial for victims of the siege in Martin Place on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Volunteers have gathered at Martin Place this morning to begin clearing the thousands of bouquets and cards left in tribute to Tori Johnnson and Katrina Dawson, who were killed in last week's hostage siege at the Lindt Cafe. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
One of the hostages runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian police say the 16-hour siege in Sydney, where a gunman was holding dozens of people hostage, is now over.
One of the hostages runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
One of the hostages runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his wife Margaret lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman walks past flowers placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman walks past flowers placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: People wait in line to place flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman walks past flowers placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Pedestrians walks past flowers placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (centre L) and his wife Margaret prepare to lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (centre L) and his wife Margaret lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives with his wife Margaret to pay their respects at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The siege in Sydney's Lindt Cafe in Martin Place is over after 16 hours. Police raided the cafe just after 2am AEDT on Tuesday morning. Three people have been confirmed killed, two hostages and the gunman. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
A man and woman pray as visitors queue up to lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian flags fly at half mast on Sydney Harbour bridge following the fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (C) prays as visitors queue up to lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Local political figures pay their respects at the Martin Place memorial site on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: People come to pay their respects at the Martin Place vigil on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
Visitors queue up to lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Sydneysiders including tearful office workers and Muslim women in hijabs laid flowers at the scene of the deadly siege, in an outpouring of grief and shock that this could happen in their easy-going city. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: People pay their respects at the Martin Place vigil on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
Visitors sign condolences and flowers are laid at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Sydneysiders including tearful office workers and Muslim women in hijabs laid flowers at the scene of the deadly siege, in an outpouring of grief and shock that this could happen in their easy-going city. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers placed at Martin Place vigil are seen on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man plays a harmonica in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Mourners at Martin Place vigil are seen on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the public write messages in condolence books in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The siege in Sydney's Lindt Cafe in Martin Place is over after 16 hours. Police raided the cafe just after 2am AEDT on Tuesday morning. Three people have been confirmed killed, two hostages and the gunman. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Sydneysiders lay flowers for victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson at the scene of the Martin Place siege in the CBD on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Adam Ward/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Sydneysiders lay flowers for victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson at the scene of the Martin Place siege in the CBD on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Adam Ward/Newspix/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his wife Margaret arrive to pay respects and lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Sydneysiders including tearful office workers and Muslim women in hijabs laid flowers at the scene of the deadly siege, in an outpouring of grief and shock that this could happen in their easy-going city. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Sydneysiders lay flowers for victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson at the scene of the Martin Place siege in the CBD on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Adam Ward/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: New South Wales Premier Mike Baird attends a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the public attend a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: New South Wales Premier Mike Baird attends a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove attends a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove attends a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Archbishop of Sydney, Most Reverend Anthony Fisher shakes hands with Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove during a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove pays his respects at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) People lay floral tributes in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) New South Wales Premier Mike Baird lays flowers in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Members of Sydney's Muslim community lay flowers in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Members of Sydney's Muslim community lay flowers in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) A young girl places floral tributes in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) People lay floral tributes in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Members of Sydney's Muslim community lay flowers in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A young girl holds a balloon aloft in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A young girl holds aloft a chocolate on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
The first hostage to escape the #SydneySiege has spoken about the horrifying ordeal. http://t.co/50ot2LAJHL http://t.co/YClAd0Osi0
John O'Brien, 83, first man out of Lindt Cafe tells of his escape from the crazed gunman: http://t.co/HDs6xBJx1A http://t.co/e1F4QtrwuV
#sydneysiege: Unlike 26/11, media must think first and telecast later, says @sandipr http://t.co/zFdF5miHRH http://t.co/Tac91U0OSc
John O'Brian, 83, the first hostage to escape #sydneysiege #facesofmartinplace http://t.co/oox4egS6yj http://t.co/IjPXnPOIle
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, arrives at Downing Centre Court in Sydney, where he faced charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, chained to a railing outside the Downing Centre Court in Sydney in an anti-war protest. He had appeared in court to face charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, arrives at Downing Centre Court in Sydney, where he faced charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Man Haron Monis, gunman in the Lindt Chocolat Café siege in Martin Place, Sydney, is photographed outside the Downing Centre Court, Sydney, February 10, 2010. He was convicted in 2013 for sending hate mail to Australian war widows and was charged with sexual offences in October 2014 relating to his time as a self-proclaimed spiritual leader. (Photo by Kate Geraghty/Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, holds a press conference after leaving Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney. The Sheik is banned from contacting any member of the defence forces after he allegedly sent offensive letters to widows of Diggers killed in Afghanistan, accusing them of being 'murderers'. (Photo by Stephen Cooper/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, chained to a railing outside the Downing Centre Court in Sydney in an anti-war protest. He had appeared in court to face charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, chained to a railing outside the Downing Centre Court in Sydney in an anti-war protest. He had appeared in court to face charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Large crowds wait in line to lay dwon flowers in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Large crowds are seen in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Women comfort eachother in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) (EDITORS NOTE: Image is highest resolution available.) Man Haron Monis, gunman in the Lindt Chocolat Café siege in Martin Place, Sydney, speaks to the press on April 14, 2014. He was convicted in 2013 for sending hate mail to Australian war widows and was charged with sexual offences in October 2014 relating to his time as a self-proclaimed spiritual leader. (Photo by Nick Ralston/Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Women embrace in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the Muslim community show their respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: People queue to buy flowers in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the Muslim community show their respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A women reacts looking at a shrine of flowers in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Poloce officers talk next to Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police officers talk next to Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
A female hostage stands by the front entrance of the cafe as she turns the lights off in the Sydney central business district on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said on December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: A Policeman looks on on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police move items on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police move items on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police confer on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: An armed policeman is seen in Phillip St on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: A Policeman listens to a radio on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Policeman looks on on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: An armed policeman is seen in Phillip St on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police confer on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: An armed policeman is seen in Phillip St on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Two hostages run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: A hostage runs to safety outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: A hostage runs to safety outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
A police sniper walks to his vehicle during a hostage siege in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said on December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Police gesture as a hostage (unseen) escapes from an emergency exit during a hostage siege in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside the cafe with a siege underway and an Islamic flag held up to a window, witnesses and reports said. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Catherine Burn, Deputy Commissioner of the Specialist Operations speaks to the media in relation to the Sydney hostage incident at Sydney Police Centre on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. An armed man believed to be an Islamic terrorist is holding multiple people hostage at Lindt Chocolate Café. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen near a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. A gunman was holding terrified hostages inside a Sydney cafe December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
A police rescue squad are seen near a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. A gunman was holding terrified hostages inside a Sydney cafe December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Armed police perform a safety check with a dog on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Police secure the area near Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. An armed man believed to be an Islamic terrorist is holding at least 20 people hostage at Lindt Chocolate Café. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Police secure the area near Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. An armed man believed to be an Islamic terrorist is holding at least 20 people hostage at Lindt Chocolate Café. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Armed policeman are seen outside Lindt Cafe on Philip St, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Sydney siege live coverage: At least 13 people believed to be inside cafe. http://t.co/0xF0CbWi05 http://t.co/RSzix5A0yL
Around a dozen people held hostage in #Sydney #siege situation. Rolling coverage continues - http://t.co/jfQHQxCKbb http://t.co/nR3oT6AraH
#breaking This is the scene live in #Sydney at the cafe siege - between 13 & 20 held, Islamic flag in window http://t.co/RNKRqkJaf3
More: Location of the hostage situation currently occurring in #Sydney's Martin Place. http://t.co/EZtyxzZyys
Re: no planes over #Sydney, @flightradar24 seems to confirm that: http://t.co/dGzPglGXxt
#BREAKING: There is a siege situation in #Sydney's Martin place. http://t.co/4MizfSFJvr
An apparent suspect, as shown on Australian TV. (Can’t remember which network.) http://t.co/BDokyRCi1m
Hundreds of concerned onlookers at Martin Place. Some praying out loud for those inside. http://t.co/vh2JtE2eEE
Police secure the scene near #LindtCafe, #MartinPlace on December 15, 2014 #SydneyHostages http://t.co/dU3DNer6lt
#BREAKING: @campricenews says NSW Parliament has been put into lockdown. #martinplace LIVE Ch 601 http://t.co/c9Akjv9BW2
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Police close a street where a cafe is being used to hold hostages in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Police officers chat on the scene of the siege at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) A police officer points his weapon towards the siege at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
Just waiting and hoping that this situation is resolved safely #MartinPlace http://t.co/fEkxEiYokb
Picture of man believed to be holding people hostage at #MartinPlace: http://t.co/YbdGavteed via @7NewsSydney http://t.co/AaZGDU939l
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore pays her respects at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Women embrace in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY (AP) - Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe. The siege ended early Tuesday with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the Iranian-born gunman dead, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined the outpouring of national mourning and laid a bouquet at Martin Place, the plaza in Sydney's financial and shopping district where the crisis occurred that has since become the site of a makeshift memorial.

After a day of intense drama, a host of questions remained: Why was the gunman, a self-styled Muslim cleric with a sordid criminal history, let out on bail? How did he get hold of a shotgun in a country that bans gun sales? The siege heightened fears of a terror attack, but it also produced heart-rending displays of solidarity among Australians who reached out to their Muslim compatriots.

The gunman was identified as 50-year-old Man Haron Monis, whom Abbott said had "a long history of violent crime, infatuation with extremism and mental instability." He was "a deeply disturbed individual" known to the police but he was not on a terror watch list, Abbott said.

Monis was convicted and sentenced last year to 300 hours of community service for sending what a judge called "grossly offensive" letters to families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2009.

He later was charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. Earlier this year, he was charged with the sexual assault of a woman in 2002. He has been out on bail on the charges.

Police were investigating whether he was the registered owner of the shotgun that he used.

Abbott said that the country's senior officials have raised the same questions among themselves as the public into how this could happen.

"How can someone who has had such a long and checkered history not be on the appropriate watch list? And how can someone like that be entirely at large in the community?" Abbott asked. "These are questions we need to look at carefully and calmly and methodically. That's what we'll be doing in the days and weeks ahead."

Many Australians offered on Twitter to accompany people dressed in Muslim clothes who were afraid of a backlash against the country's Muslim minority of 500,000 in a nation of 24 million. The hashtag #IllRideWithYou - or I'll Ride With You - was used more than 90,000 times by early Tuesday.

But the most visible reaction the day after the siege was the flowers blanketing the pavement at Martin Place, where the siege began during rush hour Monday morning. The gunman burst into the Lindt Chocolat Cafe, took 17 people inside as hostages and then forced some to hold a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith above the shop window's festive inscription of "Merry Christmas."

"I'll never forget this day as long as I live," said Jenny Borovina, who was in tears with two friends carrying white flowers to the site. The effect of the standoff would leave a permanent scar on Australia's psyche, she predicted. "Our laid-back nature has just changed."

Like so many who work in the area, Borovina said she was locked down in her office near the cafe for more than four hours Monday before police gave her the all-clear to leave. During that time, she said, she called her son to say take care. She also called her aunt, asking her to look after her son if she didn't make it out alive.

"Australia was a really safe place before," said Andrea Wang, who laid a bouquet of lilies at the site, near her office.

"I hope our country gets through this very quickly," she said, adding that her family from China had been calling. "They worry about me in this country."

As the standoff that started around 9:45 a.m. stretched through the day and into nightfall with no apparent solution in sight, police stormed the cafe around 2 a.m. Tuesday when they heard gunfire inside, said New South Wales state police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

"They made the call because they believed that at that time, if they didn't enter, there would have been many more lives lost," Scipione said.

A loud bang rang out, several hostages ran from the building and police swooped in amid heavy gunfire, shouts and flashes. A police bomb disposal robot also was sent into the building, but no explosives were found.

Scipione wouldn't say whether the two dead hostages - a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman - were caught in crossfire, or shot by their captor.

One of the victims was Katrina Dawson, a Sydney lawyer and mother of three children.

"Katrina was one of our best and brightest barristers who will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends" Jane Needham, president of the New South Wales Bar Association, said in a statement.

The other victim was identified in Australian media as the manager of the cafe, Tori Johnson.

Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn said three women were treated in hospital for gunshot wounds and were in stable condition. A police officer was treated for shotgun pellet wounds and discharged, she said.

Australian Muslim groups condemned the hostage-taking in a joint statement and said the inscription of the Islamic flag was a "testimony of faith that has been misappropriated by misguided individuals."

National flags were lowered to half-staff on the landmark Harbour Bridge as Australians awakened to the surreal conclusion of the crisis. The state's premier expressed disbelief that the attack could happen in Australia - a place he dubbed "a peaceful, harmonious society which is the envy of the world."

Many struggled to come to terms with the incongruous nature of the attack at a cheerful cafe, as people filed in for their morning coffees.

"It's shocking that it has happened to people like us that are just going out for a coffee," said Michael Gardiner, a visitor from the western city of Perth, who recalled sitting in the cafe about a year ago. "But it's beautiful to see everyone coming here. There's a real sense of community."

Authorities stressed that the actions were by a lone, disturbed individual and weren't part of any larger terrorist plot.

"There is nothing more Australian than dropping in at the local cafe for a morning coffee," said Abbott, the prime minister. "And it's tragic beyond words that people going about their everyday business should have been caught up in such a horrific incident."

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