Hostage recovery examined
Doctor Allan Orr considers the lessons that can be learned about rescuing hostages following events in the Lindt Café in Sydney
'Breachers' responsible for assaulting the Lindt Café in downtown Sydney – and thus prosecuting the first live-feed hostage rescue operation in a Western nation for a generation – employed 5.56mm military-grade assault rifles designed for open-warfare and capable of firing rounds able to reach distances of up to 300-500m accurately, or at least predictably at the longer 500m range with standard 14.5in barrels. Using these weapons inside the compact, dense café, hostage Katrina . . .