Premier Mike Baird paid tribute to the men and women of the NSW Police who have saved many lives during this viscous and horrendous incident.
“Our first thoughts and prayers this morning are with the innocent victims of this horrendous … attack,” My Baird said.
Two of the 17 hostages, a man aged 34 and a 38-year-old woman, have died along with the gunman.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says he shared the grief of the families.
“They’re (the hostages) very brave people who in many cases were just buying a cup of coffee and were caught up in this dreadful affair,” he says.
“To the people of Sydney. This was an isolated incident. Do not let this incident bring about any dis-confidence about working.”
He says he is now turning attention to looking after the hostages and looking after the families of the two who have died.
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