Sydney gunman reportedly demands ISIS flag as some hostages escape

December 15, 2014 12:37 PM

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Sydney gunman reportedly demands ISIS flag as some hostages escape

Sydney (CNN) -- Australia, and the world, looked on with dread Monday as a gunman holding hostages inside a darkened Sydney cafe demanded an ISIS flag and a phone call with Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Hundreds of police officers, including snipers, surrounded the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney's central business district shortly after the gunman took over the building at 10 a.m. (6 p.m. ET on Sunday).

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