Incredible video has emerged from the terror situation in Sydney, Australia, showing police storming the cafe where a terrorist was holding people hostage at gunpoint.
Australian security forces opened fire on Tuesday as they stormed the Sydney cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours.
Media said that two people, including the gunman, had been killed.
Video has surfaced of the police raid on the cafe and two people have been reportedly killed, with three others in serious condition. One of the dead is the Islamist who held hostages for over 16 hours.
Watch video of the police raid, in which gun shots that may have brought about the demise of the terrorist erupted on live television…
The New York Post reports on the gunman’s links to Islamic radicalism:
(Man Haron) Monis has long been on officials’ radar. Last year, he was sentenced to 300 hours of community service for writing offensive letters to families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. He later was charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. Earlier this year, he was charged with the sexual assault of a woman in 2002. He has been out on bail on the charges.
“His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness,” Conditsis said.
Hostages were forced to hold up a black flag with the Shahada, or Islamic declaration of faith, written on it.
The Post explains the Shahada’s significance:
The Shahada translates as “There is no god but God and Mohammed is his messenger.” It is considered the first of Islam’s five pillars of faith, and is similar to the Lord’s Prayer in Christianity. It is pervasive throughout Islamic culture, including the green flag of Saudi Arabia. Jihadis have used the Shahada in their own black flag.
Monis is now free to practice his faith in hell, and the video footage above just might show the gunshot that took him there.