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In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney

The Sydney Opera House has been evacuated on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia, as police respond to a hostage situation - an armed man believed to be an Islamic terrorist is holding at least 20 people hostage at Lindt Chocolate Cafe.

In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
The Sydney Opera House is evacuated on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. An armed man believed to be an Islamic terrorist is holding at least 20 people hostage at Lindt Chocolate Caf. (Getty Images)
In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
Armed police patrol near the Sydney Opera House on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Getty Images)
In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
Armed police patrol on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Getty Images)
In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
Armed policeman talk on Phillip St close to Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Getty Images)
In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
Police confer on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Getty Images)
In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
Ladies rush through Philip St past armed police at Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Getty Images)
In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
Armed police patrol on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Getty Images)
In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
Armed policeman are seen outside Lindt Cafe on Philip St, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Getty Images)
In pics: Hostage situation in Sydney
Armed police perform a safety check on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Getty Images)