Coroner to determine how 2 hostages were killed as inquest into Sydney cafe siege opens

January 28, 2015 10:30 PM

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SYDNEY – An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe began on Thursday, aimed at determining exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff with police.

Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a long criminal history, burst into a downtown cafe last month and took 18 people hostage. Over the next 16 hours, Monis forced his hostages to outline his demands in a series of online videos — including that he be permitted to sp...

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