06 Sep '11, 3am

Siege now taking place at Sydney law firm after man claiming to have a bomb reportedly takes child hostage

Siege now taking place at Sydney law firm after man claiming to have a bomb reportedly takes child hostage

A police operation was underway on Tuesday after a man reportedly took a child hostage at a law firm in Sydney, with the surrounding area being evacuated. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SYDNEY (AFP) - Police on Tuesday surrounded a law firm and evacuated the heart of a Sydney suburb after a man reportedly took a child hostage. There were unconfirmed reports that he had a bomb, although police would not comment.'At this stage it is not known what caused the man to attend the building or what he is in possession of,' a police statement said, adding that roads in the Parramatta area of western Sydney had been closed and buildings evacuated. A police spokesman added that negotiators were at the scene, which is near the city's Family Court precinct, as well as ambulance crews and firefighters. Television footage showed the middle-aged man without a shirt on wearing a lawyer's wig looking ou...

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