Sydney siege was the work of an individual: NSW police chief
December 16, 2014  00:24
New South Wales police commissioner, Andrew Scipione, says we are now dealing with a critical incident and a thorough investigation has already started.

"We need to actually find out what's happened here and what's happened inside that cafe. It's not time to speculate or to develop theories. We are going to work through facts and we will advise you as soon as we can."

Scipione says it was the work of an individual. He says at this stage the police count of hostages is 17.

"I, too, would like to commend the work of our police. While everyone might now second guess as to what has actually occurred in the last hours, well, they are the ones who had the make the decision. Our police had to deal with this incident. It was tough, exacting work."

"Many hours, whether they were on a point or whether part of a team that had to make that entry and deal with this situation. I want to point out they have saved lives, they have saved many lives, and to those men and women, all that were involved, we thank you."

"As your commissioner I thank you, but as a community, I'm sure Australia thanks you.
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