Man Haron Monis: Sydney Opera House Evacuated After Suspicious Package Delivered, Believed to Have Ties with Hostage Situation

By Ian Holubiak on Dec 15, 2014 04:27 PM EST

After a siege in Australia left a lone gunman, identified as Man Haron Monis, and two hostages dead, so was the Sydney Opera House evacuated after a rumored "suspicious package" had been delivered to the concert hall.

As the events of the hostage situation at a Lindt chocolate store in Australia unfolded, the iconic venue had reportedly been placed in lockdown at around 10 a.m. on Monday following a report of a suspicious package having been delivered to the offices, per Billboard.

However, a spokesman later denied the existence of the package and representatives couldn't be reached for further comment.

The city of Sydney just ended a most terrifying hostage situation that held 20 people captive inside a Lindt chocolate store at a local mall. An incident inside the store from the self-proclaimed "sheikh" ignited a siege from officers who were able to subdue the gunman.

The suspect was identified as Man Haron Monis who has been on the radar of the local police for some time. With over 40 reported sexual assaults, Monis was believed to identify with some terrorist organizations after he made two hostages hold a black flag with white writing in Arabic in the window.

For now the city tries to return to peace but have also been trying to deal with a recent anxiety: Islamaphobia. Residents of the city, thus, have taken to the aid of innocent Muslims via Twitter and coined the viral hash tag "#illridewithyou" to help protect their fellow souls from unwarranted persecution.

As of now, it is unclear if future performances from artists like Damon Albarn, John Legend and Roxette will be affected by the city's latest grips on terrorism.

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