HUFFINGTON POST
12/15/2014 10:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Sydney Hostage Crisis, In Photos

An armed man entered a Lindt chocolate cafe in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, taking more than a dozen people prisoner. The hostage taker was identified as Man Haron Monis later on Monday. After a siege that lasted more than fifteen hours, heavily armed police stormed the cafe amid gunfire.

Police have now declared the crisis over, as details continue to emerge.

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One of the hostages runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. (Photo: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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Two hostages (L) run for cover behind a policeman (R) during a hostage siege in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. (Photo: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

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A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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Police walk through Martin Place as spectators look on during a hostage siege in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. (Photo: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

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Police evacuate people from an office building close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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A police sniper walks to his vehicle during a hostage siege in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. (Photo: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

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A female hostage stands by the front entrance of the cafe as she turns the lights off in the Sydney central business district on December 15, 2014. (Photo: WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

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