Representatives of the Muslim community lay flowers at a floral memorial at the scene of a dramatic siege which left two hostages dead in Sydney, December 16, 2014. (AFP/William WEST)
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Horror over a deadly siege morphed into anger Tuesday as leaders of a grieving nation demanded to know how a man with a violent criminal history slipped through the cracks and ended up in the downtown Sydney cafe where he took 17 people hostage.The 16-hour siege ended in a barrage of gunfire and screams early Tuesday morning when police stormed into the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in a desperate bid to free the hostages. Monis' criminal history prompted a flurry of questions that remained unanswered more than a day after the siege began Monday morning.At an emotional memorial service attended by hundreds, Johnson was lauded for sacrificing his life and helping to bring the siege to an end by grabbing the gunman's shotgun.The siege began when Monis walked into the cafe during Monday morning rush hour, trapping 17 customers and staffers inside.Iran's media reacted to the deadly hostage siege by pointing the finger of blame at the West and linking the Iranian-born gunman to ISIS.
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