Sydney cafe siege inspired by IS 'death cult': PM

February 9, 2015 2:44 AM

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A cafe siege by a lone gunman in Sydney in which two hostages were killed was inspired by the Islamic State "death cult", Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared Monday as he offered condolences in parliament.

Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, a self-styled cleric with a history of extremist views, took 17 people hostage at the Lindt chocolate cafe in the city's business hub on December 15.

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