In pictures: Commandos end Sydney hostage siege

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Image caption Australian commandos have stormed a cafe in central Sydney, ending a siege in which a gunman held dozens of people hostage for more than 16 hours.
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Image caption Earlier, small groups of hostages were seen running out of the Lindt cafe after shots were fired. It's unclear whether the shooting was from inside or outside.
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Image caption Paramedics carrying stretchers also raced towards the cafe moments after a volley of loud bangs and flashes.
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Image caption New South Wales police later said two hostages died, along with the gunman. Four people were injured, including a policeman hit by shotgun pellets.
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Image caption The gunman has been named as Iranian self-styled cleric Man Haron Monis, who received political asylum in Australia in 1996 and was on bail on a number of charges.
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Image caption Earlier in the day five people were seen running from the cafe in Martin Place.
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Image caption Armed police surrounded Martin Place after it emerged hostages were being held in the building at the start of Sydney's working day on Monday.
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Image caption Hands were seen pressed against the window of the cafe. Police made contact with the gunman who demanded a flag bearing the Islamic State seal.
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Image caption Hundreds of officers were called to the scene as police attempted to contact the people inside the cafe.
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