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Muslims had been busted in September planning to behead people at this same location where the current hostage taking is now. Martin Place Sydney.
#BREAKING: The beheadings of members of the public were to be filmed and the recordings sent to the #ISIS media unit in the Middle East
(The Groups appears the be called, ‘Islamic Shahada’ according to RT. The flag is the flag of that group)
Police say the raids in Sydney yesterday morning foiled a horrifying plot to behead a random member of the Australian public in Sydney’s Martin Place, drape them in an Islamic State flag and behead them on camera.
This morning, terrifying new details have emerged about the plot, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott revealing on Channel Nine’s Today show the beheading was planned to take place “within days”.
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CB sashenka says that this location is near Parliament as well as a business hub for the area.
TWITTER posts are saying that the BBC is claiming that the hostages have been fitted with backpacks. I can’t find that anywhere. But it would be consistent with islamic Modus Operandi.
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Tony Blair statement:
At 1.30pm, during rolling coverage, 2GB producer Laura Parr tweeted: “Ray Hadley says he could hear gunman giving instructions to young hostage off air. Told to call him back in 10 minutes.’’
By 1.38pm NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione confirmed the person who rang Hadley was a hostage.
It’s understood Hadley has passed details regarding the call directly to investigators.
“To clarify, Ray Hadley was contacted by the hostage, the call was taken off air and then confirmed by the Police Commissioner,” the station tweeted.
About 50 people remain inside the Lindt cafe as the siege enters its fifth hour.
Lindt stores around Australia, including the franchises in Southbank and Collins St have closed, with a message posted for customers.
“Due to emergency situations, our business in not operated today, until further notice.’’
Originally published as Radio host’s tense calls with hostage
Two hostages apparently escaped. Were they muslim?
CNN is showing back to back dinosaur documentaries and the BBC is discussing various forms of dementia.
Cops confirm they are talking to the hostage taker
Sydney man Craig Stoker inadvertently confronted the gunman immediately prior to the siege:
“He was wearing a black T-shirt with white writing on it and a headband and carrying a blue bag.
“The bag bumped into me and there was something hard in it.
“I said ‘watch where you are f***ing going’.
“He turned round and said ‘do you want me to shoot you too?’ I looked into his eyes and they were crazy,” said Mr Stoker, a father of four from Eastlakes. “I was pretty freaked out.”
The bearded man was with two others who were similarly dressed.
It is not known if the other men are also inside the Lindt Café.
Thank you M., Tasha C., C.B Sashenka, and all, More to come and some of it hasn’t happened yet, but I bet it won’t be good.