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Urgent review ordered into background of Sydney siege gunman

An urgent review has been ordered by the Australian government to answer a number of "obvious questions" about what could have been done to prevent the deadly siege at a Sydney café.

It comes as police in Sydney revealed they fought to keep gunman Man Haron Monis, who went on to kill two hostages in a 16-hour siege, in custody - but were overruled by the courts, police chiefs have revealed.

The 50-year-old gunman, who died as police stormed the building, was implicated in a string of serious crimes but had still been granted bail.

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Katrina Dawson family 'devastated by senseless death'

The family of mother-of-three Katrina Dawson who died in a siege at a Sydney cafe have said they are devastated by her "tragic and senseless death".

The family of Katrina Dawson say they are devastated by her 'senseless death'.

"We are shocked and devastated by the tragic and senseless death of our darling Katrina," a statement said.

"She was an amazing woman and the most loving and loved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, in-law and blessed with a wonderful circle of friends and colleagues.

"We would like to thank everyone who has provided their support and wishes over the past 48 hours and ask that we be allowed to support each other in private."

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