Inquest begins into deadly Sydney cafe siege
Jan. 28, 2015
SYDNEY (AP) — An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe is set to begin as a coroner works to determine exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff with police.
Man Haron Monis took 18 people hostage last month in a downtown Sydney cafe. The standoff finally ended when police stormed the cafe in a barrage of gunfire to free the captives. Two hostages were killed, along with Monis.
Police have not said whether the hostages were killed by Monis or in police crossfire.
The coronial inquest that begins Thursday is aimed at determining how Monis and his captives died and whether their deaths could have been prevented.