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Sydney Siege Inquest Hears Triple Zero Call

Lindt Cafe manager Tori Johnson was forced to say Australia was under attack from Islamic State and bombs had been planted around Sydney's CBD in his triple-zero call for help.

The inquest into the December 2014 siege in Sydney's Martin Place will continue on Tuesday, a day after it heard gunman Man Haron Monis may have had an accomplice and possibly hopes of escape.

The triple-zero call made by Johnson, part of which was played during Monday's inquest, also revealed a chaotic initial contact with police.

During the 12-minute call, Johnson was frequently interrupted by the operator who didn't know Martin Place or its surrounds.

"There is more message that I have to read to you as well," he says after trying to read from a paper.

Operator: "All right, well you just need to hang on a second."

Five minutes into the call, Monis produced a shotgun from a large blue Big W bag.

Johnson continues: "I need to finish reading this ..."

Operator: "Yes, I understand that. Just hang on a minute."

Johnson: "I have a gun in front of me."

Operator: "OK".

The note, which Johnson was eventually able to read out in full, announced that "Australia is under attack by Islamic State".

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Photo: The note handed to Tori Johnson

"There are three bombs in three different locations: Martin Place, Circular Quay and George Street," it said.

Johnson was fatally shot by Monis, who was killed when police stormed the Martin Place building 17 hours after the siege began on December 15, 2014.

The inquest was shown CCTV footage of Monis walking through Martin Place on the morning of the siege but police have not been able to establish how he made his way into the city from his home in western Sydney.

"It's entirely possible Monis was driven into the city and dropped off, though investigations continue as to who provided that assistance", Counsel assisting the Coroner, Jeremy Gormly SC said.

AN EXCERPT OF TORI JOHNSON'S 12 MINUTE TRIPLE-ZERO CALL:

THE OPERATOR ASKS THE CALLER TO GO AHEAD

Johnson: "I have a man in front of me who, I'm just giving you his phone number."

Operator: "Right."

Johnson reads the number.

Operator: "Where are you?"

Johnson: "I'm calling from Martin Place."

Operator: "Right. Can you tell me what street you're on?"

Johnson: "On the corner of Phillip Street."

Operator: "Phillip street?"

Johnson: "I need to read a message to you."

Operator: "Ok, can you just hang on a minute. Phillip Street, is that in Martin Place or Sydney?

Johnson: "Phillip Street, Sydney."

Operator: "Ok, so that's in Sydney. Do you know the cross streets where you are?"

Johnson: "The cross street is Martin Place on Phillip Street."

Operator: "But is Martin Place actually a, it's not actually a street?"

Johnson: "Martin Place is a street, yes. It's a pedestrian street."

Operator: "Ok, so that's not actually a road. I need a road ... I can see Bent Street, I can see Bridge Street. Are either of those near you?"

Johnson: "We're above Martin Place Train Station."

Operator: "... so you're above Martin Place Train Station are you?"

Johnson: "That's right. In between Elizabeth and Phillip Street."

Operator: "... that's the cross street for me so that helps, ok, so Elizabeth Street. So what has he got there?"

Johnson: "I have a message to read to you."

Operator: "Ok"

JOHNSON THEN ATTEMPTS TO READ THE NOTE.

Johnson: "This is the message I'm reading from someone who's standing in front of me."

Operator: "Right, so it says, this is an object is it?"

Johnson: "It's saying there's bombs in three locations."

Operator: "Ok"

Johnson: "He just wants me to read the exact message."

Operator: "Ok"

Johnson: "So, about George Street, I don't know the exact location but I ask them not to explode it. Three locations should be evacuated: Martin Place and Channel Seven; Circular Quay; and George Street. Police should not come close to me or other brothers otherwise they will explode the bombs. Some hostages have been taken."

Operator: "Ok, so hang on a sec. We've got Channel Seven. What were the other ones that you gave me?

Johnson: "Circular Quay and George Street."

THE OPERATOR THEN ASKS JOHNSON FOR HIS LOCATION

Johnson: "It's Lindt Chocolate Cafe.

Operator: "Alright."

Johnson: "That's were I am."

Operator: "Ok. Just stay on the line with me please."

Johnson: "Yep, sorry, there's more message that I have to read to you."

Operator: "Alright, well you just need to hang on a second."

THERE IS A PAUSE IN THE CONVERSATION AFTER WHICH JOHNSON AGAIN TRIES TO READ THE NOTE

Johnson: "I need to finish reading this ..."

Operator: "Yes, I understand that. Just hang on a minute."

Johnson: "I have a gun in front of me."

Operator: "Ok".

Johnson: "So, Australia is under attack by Islamic State. There are three bombs in three different locations: Martin Place, Circular Quay and George Street."

"I want to contact other brothers and ask them not to explode the other two bombs but I can't contact because they don't carry phone with them.

"They have radio with them. I can say that through radio ABC.

"The plan is to request Tony Abbott to call them or me and to have a debate while it is broadcast live on ABC national radio."

"So that is why they have radio and the best way to contact them is a voice message which will announce that they should not explode the bombs."

"They listen to anything I tell them. The device placed inside the radio is another way of exploding the bombs."

AAP

Photos: AAP

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