Malaysian students in Sydney have been warned to stay away from central Sydney following the siege of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe by a gunman.
“Please avoid the area around Martin Place until further notice,” reads the emergency message on the Education Malaysia Australia website.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia (MASCA) also issued an emergency announcement on its Facebook page Monday morning.
According to a Reuters report, Australia’s world-famous Sydney Opera House was evacuated after a suspicious package was found, television channels reported on Monday, soon after gunmen were reported holding hostages in the centre of the city.
A police operation was already underway in the central business district of Sydney after hostages were being held inside a cafe, where a black flag with white Arabic text could be seen in the window.
A spokeswoman for New South Wales police could not immediately confirm the reports. An Opera House spokeswoman did not answer calls.-The Star