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Sydney Gunman Identified as Cafe Siege Extends Into Second Day

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The Sydney hostage crisis entered a second day as police negotiators worked to free the remaining people held at gunpoint in a city-center cafe.

The gunman is Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian charged with being an accessory to murder, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The self-styled cleric has also been charged with more than 50 counts of indecent and sexual assault and is currently on bail, the newspaper said. A police spokesman said he couldn’t confirm the identity of the suspect.