Sydney siege: Australian PM Abbott says 'disturbing incident' could be politically motivated

Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on Dec 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on Dec 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SYDNEY (Reuters/AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday it was unclear if the siege at a Sydney cafe, where hostages are being held, was politically motivated.

“We don’t yet know if this is politically motivated, although there are some indications that it might be,” Abbott told reporters in Canberra.

“This is a very disturbing incident. I can understand the concerns and anxieties of the Australia people,” Abbott said, without providing any information on the unfolding siege.