Indian worker from Infosys among hostages in Sydney siege: company

Indian worker from Infosys among hostages in Sydney siege: company
A woman is seen in a window of the Lindt cafe where hostages are being held by a gunman.

NEW DELHI - An employee of Indian IT giant Infosys was among hostages holed up in a Sydney cafe in the heart of the city's financial district, the company said on Monday.

"We can confirm that one Infosys employee is among the hostages at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney," the company said in a statement.

"The family of the employee has been informed and we are extending all possible support to them in this difficult time," it said.

"We hope that this situation gets resolved peacefully and at the earliest," said the company, whose spokeswoman declined to give the nationality of the employee. Local media reported that he is Indian.

Infosys, based in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, has offices throughout the world including Australia.

The flagship outsourcing company was the first Indian firm to be listed on the Nasdaq and has around 160,000 employees.

An Indian government minister earlier said "there is some information" that "one of our Indian IT persons" was in the cafe when a gunman walked inside displaying an Islamic flag.

Five people have fled the cafe since the siege started early Monday, triggering a lockdown of the area.

A square in the city was evacuated as hundreds of armed police surrounded the Lindt chocolate cafe, where a flag -- black with white Arabic writing - was held to a window by customers.

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