Siege ‘on behalf of ISIS’
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.