Five people have escaped from a cafe where a man has an unknown number of hostages in the heart of Sydney’s financial and shopping district .
The first three people ran out of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Sydney’s Central Building District six hours into Monday’s hostage crisis, and two women sprinted from a fire exit into the arms of waiting police shortly afterwards.
Andrew Scipione, New South Wales Police commissioner, said police did not know the hostage taker’s motivation.
“We have not yet confirmed it is a terrorism-related event,” he said.
“We’re dealing with a hostage situation with an armed offender.”