The gunman who held a central Sydney café and its staff and customers hostage for 16 hours earlier this week claiming he was acting on behalf of terrorist group, the Islamic State, did not feature on security's priority watch list despite being well known to the police, the Telegraph reports.
Disturbed Iranian-born gunman, Man Haron Monis, held up a popular café and its 17 occupants on Monday morning. The siege lasted 16 hours and involved two victim fatalities as well as a number of injuries and resulted in Monis' death.
Some of the hostages were forced to hold a flag up against the shop window with Islamic wording on the front. Other muslims who are horrified by the siege and condemned the attack commented that the use of the Islamic flag was a "testimony of faith that has been misappropriated by misguided individuals," the Telegraph reports.