The Courier-Mail

Siege ‘on behalf of ISIS’

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LINDT Cafe siege gunman Man Haron Monis was acting on behalf of ISIS even though he may not have had direct links to them, according to a CIA-linked terrorism expert.

Professor Bruce Hoffman said the siege had all the hallmarks of a terrorist act because it was violent and designed to have far-reaching repercussi­ons.

He said the strategy of ISIS was to enmesh people such as Monis in their struggle – for recognitio­n and in violent acts.

Jeremy Gormly SC, counsel assisting the inquest into the death of hostages Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, said there had been controvers­y in Australia over whether the siege was a terrorist act.

Two other terrorism experts who will address the inquest at a later date do not think it was an act of terrorism.

The inquest continues.

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