BBC News - Sydney siege: Gunman takes hostages in Lindt cafe
At least one gunman took 13 people hostage Monday at a chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia, local TV news was reporting live. New South Wales police confirmed to NBC News that people had been urged to leave or avoid the area.
The Lindt chocolate shop is in Martin Place, a busy tourist, transportation and shopping district that is home to several major banks, including the Reserve Bank of Australia. At one point, a black flag resembling the ISIS standard was shown in the shop's window.
Very bad. I pray for the hostages and their families.