Australian Authorities Call Attack Isolated Incident, Lone Wolf … Not Terrorist Attack

Australian Authorities Call Attack Isolated Incident, Lone Wolf … Not Terrorist Attack
 In spite of the fact that the hostages were forced to display an Islamic flag, and the ‘gunman’ was known to sympathize with Islamic Terrorists, he is not being referred to as an Islamic Terrorist.
Cornell Law Professor Jens David Ohlin said, “We are entering a new phase of terrorism that is far more dangerous and more difficult to defeat than al Qaeda ever was.”
This man was walking the streets after having been charged with domestic abuse and being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife.  He was a violent offender, charged with multiple sexual offences, who had nursed deep grievances against the Australian government, which he blamed for taking away his children.  He also held long standing grievances against the Australian and British military.  Man Haron Monis had planned to send offensive letters to hundreds of families of British soldiers who died in Afghanistan and was barred from doing so after being charged in 2010 with sending “grossly offensive” letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in battle.

The fanatic said last year that he wanted to send a “very nice condolence letter” and “237 baskets of flowers” to the British families bereaved since 2001.

Isn’t this what ISIS has been calling on their supporters to do on social media for a long time.  What will it take for authorities to call out radical Islam?  He can be called a lone wolf, with no clear ties to a terrorist organization, that doesn’t mean he is not a radical Islamic terrorist.

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Heavily armed  police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people including the attacker were killed.

Police have not publicly identified the gunman but a police source named him as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheikh known for sending hate mail to the families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan. He was charged last year with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the gunman was well known to authorities and had a history of extremism and mental instability.

During the siege at the Lindt cafe in Sydney’s central business district, hostages had been forced to display an Islamic flag, igniting fears of a jihadist attack in the heart of the country’s biggest city.

Around 2 a.m. local time (10.00 a.m. ET on Monday), at least six people believed to have been held captive managed to flee after gunshots were heard coming from the cafe.

Police then moved in, with heavy gunfire and blasts from stun grenades echoing from the building.

“They made the call because they believed at that time if they didn’t enter there would have been many more lives lost,” said Andrew Scipione, police commissioner for the state of New South Wales.

An investigation would determine whether hostages were killed by the gunman or died in cross-fire, Scipione told reporters just before dawn.

Police said a 50-year-old man, believed to be the attacker, was killed. Television pictures showed he appeared to have been armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

A man aged 34 and a 38-year-old woman were also killed, police said. The man was the cafe manager and the woman was a mother and barrister, local media reported. Four were wounded, including a policeman hit in the face with shotgun pellets.

Medics tried to resuscitate at least one person after the raid and took away several wounded people on gurneys, said a Reuters witness at the scene. Bomb squad members moved in to search for explosives, but none were found.

So far 17 hostages have been accounted for, including at least five others who were released or escaped on Monday.

“To the people of Sydney, this was an isolated incident … Do not let this sort of incident bring about a loss of confidence of working or visiting our city,” said Scipione.

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