Timeline: How the Sydney siege unfolded

Here is a timeline of how the Lindt cafe siege unfolded in Sydney on December 15-16, as it emerged from the first day of the inquest.

Hostages run towards armed tactical response police in the early hours of Tuesday morning. (Getty)

Hostages run towards armed tactical response police as they run to freedom from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia. (December 16, AP)


8.33am - Man Haron Monis enters the Lindt Cafe on Martin Place * He wears camouflage pants, black jacket, baseball cap, black backpack, and carries a plastic bag * Monis carries a hidden pump-action shotgun sawn off at butt and barrel

* He eats chocolate cake and drinks tea, then moves to a table with a view of the whole cafe

9.03am: Monis asks to speak to the manager.

* Tori Johnson sits down with Monis.

* Staff says Johnson appears stressed during the conversation.

* Johnson says to a staff member something like, "I need you to get my keys - lock the doors - we're closed - everything is OK - tell the staff to be calm".

* The doors to the cafe are locked.

* Monis puts on a vest and a bandanna, stands up, produces the shot gun and declares, "This is an attack. I have a bomb".

* He orders staff and customers to move to northern wall of the cafe.

* Monis orders hostages to hold a flag described as being Islamic up to the windows.

9:44am: Monis tells Johnson to call triple-zero.

* Following Monis's orders, Johnson tells operator Australia is under attack by Islamic State.

* Johnson says radio bombs are in Martin Place, Circular Quay and George Street, which later proves to be false.

* Johnson tells the operator he has a gun pointed at him, Monis has taken him and others hostage.

* The call lasts 12 minutes.

9.46am: Police acknowledge the incident

9.51am: Police arrive at the scene.

9:52am: Tactical operations unit acknowledges the emergency.

10.07am: Tactical operations unit arrives

* Siege is treated as a possible terrorist attack.

* Monis had told his 18 hostages he has a bomb in his backpack, which he holds on to throughout the siege.


Some of the hostages escape

* Monis fires his gun, striking the wall above the cafe door


Very early AM: Monis fires his gun, striking the wall above the cafe door

2.14am: Monis forces Johnson to kneel on the floor of the cafe and shoots him in the head. Johnson dies.

* Shooting witness by police marksman who calls it in.

* Police force entry to the cafe, shattering the glass windows and doors

* Tactical units throw 11 flashbang grenades, creating sudden violent flashes of light and gunshot sounds

* Two police officers fire 22 shots at Monis.

* Monis returns fire, shooting shotgun once or twice at the entry team.

* Monis is killed by at least two bullets or fragments to the head and 11 other bullets or fragments to the body.

* Hostage Katrina Dawson is struck by six fragments of a police bullet or bullets, which ricochet from hard surfaces into her body.

* One fragment strikes a major blood vessel. She loses consciousness and dies.

* Three other hostages and one tactical operative are hit by ricocheting bullet fragments.

(Source: Opening statement by counsel assisting the NSW Coroner Jeremy Gormly to inquest)

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Published 29 January 2015 at 3:57pm
Source: AAP