Sydney-style hostage situation ‘inevitable’ in New York, NYPD terror chief says

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A woman cries as she leaves flowers to pay her respects at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The siege in Sydney's Lindt Cafe in Martin Place is over after 16 hours. Police raided the cafe just after 2am AEDT on Tuesday morning. Three people have been confirmed killed, two hostages and the gunman. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) — An attack similar to the one at a Sydney chocolate shop that left two hostages and the gunman dead is “inevitable” in New York, NYPD’s top anti-terror chief said on Tuesday.

NYPD’s deputy commissioner of intelligence, John Miller, told “CBS This Morning” that it’s not a question of if, but of when.

The 16-hour standoff in Sydney ended early Tuesday when authorities stormed into Sydney’s Lindt Chocolat Cafe and shot the self-described sheik who had been holding several hostages.

The Daily News reports that Miller noted the incident was just the latest in a string of recent Islamic State and Al Qaeda-inspired attacks around the globe, including two murders of soldiers in Canada and the attack by a hatchet-wielding man who was shot dead when he assaulted police in Queens in October.

The NYPD’s concern is one that has been growing since the 9/11 attacks.


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  • Pat Bags

    Too bad NYC doesn’t issue Concealed Carry Permits. Imagine a terrorist trying to take a group of people hostage, only to find out they’re all packing heat and he’s outnumbered. I’d rather die defending myself, my loved ones or my neighbors, than to cower in a corner and hope the police find me before the terrorist does. An armed civilian population is a terrorists worst nightmare. Wouldn’t you rather be armed and have a chance to defend yourself? Gun control only affects law abding citizens because we follow the law. Criminals and terrorists don’t care what laws we pass to regulate gun ownership. They will have guns regardless.

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