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.
The first hostage to escape the siege in Sydney in which three people including the gunman died has spoken of his relief at his release
The dramatic moment armed police brought the Sydney siege to a bloody end has been caught on camera.
"It was pretty loud, pretty frightening - like nothing I'd ever seen before ever," Greg Parker said.