Australian Leader: Siege May Have Been Preventable

December 18, 2014 1:50 AM

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Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.

Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a lengthy criminal history, burst into a downtown Sydney cafe on Monday wielding a shotgun, taking 17 people inside hostage. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed into the cafe to free the captives, two of whom were ki...

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