Australian police say no contact with hostage-taker in Sydney café


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Police said the city remained open for business

Armed police officers point as they stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia (Photo: AP)

Sydney: Australian police said on Monday they had not had direct contact with an armed offender holding an undisclosed number of people hostage at a cafe in central Sydney.

"We have moved to a footing that would be consistent with a terrorist event," New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters in Sydney.

Scipione said the siege was contained to a single event in Sydney's central business district and that the city remained open for business.