(Bloomberg) -- A group of people are being held hostage in a cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place and forced to hold a black flag with Arabic writing against a window.
Armed police cleared the square in the city’s central business district, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott convened Cabinet’s National Security Committee for briefings on the siege and the local dollar fell. Police said they were trying to make contact with people inside the Lindt cafe and urged people in the area to stay indoors and away from open windows.
“This is obviously a deeply concerning incident but all Australians should be reassured that our law enforcement and security agencies are well trained and equipped and are responding in a thorough and professional manner,” Abbott said in a statement.
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