Sydney siege: Gunman 'requests Islamic State flag'
A gunman is holding staff and customers hostage at a cafe in Sydney, Australia.
The Lindt cafe in the city centre is surrounded by armed police. Officers have made contact with the gunman.
A black Islamic flag has been displayed at the window.
The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardener says it appears the gunman has "the wrong flag" and has asked for a flag of the Islamic State group.
15 Dec 2014
- From the section Australia