21 Dec 2014

Tip-off before Sydney attack - report

9:10 am on 21 December 2014

Australian security officials reportedly carried out a check on Man Haron Monis days before he took hostages at a cafe in Sydney, after a tip-off from a member of the public.

A young woman flees after being held hostage in a central Sydney cafe.

A young woman flees after being held hostage in the central Sydney cafe on Monday. Photo: AFP

News Corp Australia has reported an anonymous caller rang the national security hotline warning of the extremism of Monis and saying officials should look at his website.

It said the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) checked Monis' website as a result of the phone call.

The ASIO found he had a number of websites and a Twitter account in support of Islam and jihadism but there was no mention of a planned terrorist attack.

Monis took 17 people hostage at the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place last Monday. The siege ended early on Tuesday with three people killed, including Monis.

An injured hostage is carried out of a Sydney cafe at the centre of the hostage crisis.

An injured woman is carried out of the cafe in Sydney near the end of the hostage crisis. Photo: AFP

Relatives of the hostages from the siege at the Lindt chocolate cafe in Martin Place gather in Sydney.

Relatives of the hostages from the siege at the Lindt chocolate cafe in Martin Place gather in Sydney. Photo: AAP

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