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FBI Hostage Negotiators Assisted With Sydney Cafe

Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place.  (Mark Metcalfe/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Mark Metcalfe/AFP/Getty Images)

FBI hostage negotiators were assisting experts in Australia who were trying to rescue up to 30 people being held by a man in a Sydney cafe. The suspect has forced some of his hostages to hold up a flag with the Islamic creed.

Clint Van Zandt is the FBI’s former chief negotiator, and he says negotiators were probably offering him face-saving ways to end the dispute without taking any lives, but a today’s police rescue effort has resulted in injuries and maybe even deaths, but too early to tell.

A police spokesman confirmed “the operation is over,” but would not release any further details about the fate of the gunman or the hostages.

Van Zandt spoke with Here & Now‘s Robin Young about the situation.

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