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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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Sydney siege 'will change Australia forever'

The siege at a cafe in Sydney will change Australia forever, a journalist has predicted.

Mike Bowers, the picture editor for the Guardian Australia, who was at the scene in Market Place when the deadly siege came to an end, said Australians had been left "deeply shocked" by the incident.

"There is no doubt these things change a country," Mr Bowers told ITV News.

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