1/ 11 A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney on 15 December 2014. Reuters Paramedics remove a person, with bloodstains on the blankets covering the person, on a stretcher from the Lindt cafe, where hostages were being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney. Reuters Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie place floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the Lindt cafe, in Sydney. Reuters A hostage runs towards a police officer outside Lindt cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney. Reuters Sydney resident Kate Golder cries as she observes the site of a Sydney cafe siege after it ended on 16 December 2014. Reuters A woman lays a floral tribute to those who died in the Sydney cafe siege, near the site of the incident in Martin Place. Reuters Women comfort each other at the site of a siege at a Sydney cafe after the siege ended, on 16 December 2014. Reuters A note can be seen amongst floral tributes that have been placed near the cafe where hostages were held in central Sydney. Reuters Members of the public look at thousands of floral tributes placed near the cafe in central Sydney. Reuters Infosys employee Viswakanth Akireddy and other hostages run past a police officer (C) near Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in central Sydney on 16 December 2014. Reuters A group of people react after they place floral tributes amongst thousands of others near the cafe in central Sydney. Reuters
At the end of the 16-hour siege of Lindt Cafe in Sydney, three people including the gunman, Lindt manager Tori Johnson and Barrister Katrina Dawsonare were killed.
Five people managed to escape earlier. Heavily armed Australian police stormed the cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed the remaining hostages and ended the siege.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and many others laid flowers at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the incident that shocked the nation.
Abbott said that the gunman, identified as 50-year-old Man Haron Monis, had "a long history of violent crime, infatuation with extremism and mental instability and was a deeply disturbed individual, but he was not on a terror watch list".