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David Cameron: Siege could have happened in the UK

By Joanne Sweeney

World leaders have expressed their shock over the Sydney cafe siege drama which ended in the deaths of two hostages and the man believed to be responsible, former refugee Man Haron Monis.

Reaction to the horrific hostage incident was led by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who said last night in a tweet: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased hostages, the wounded and the other hostages."

Prime Minister David Cameron said that the so-called 'lone wolf' attack could easily have happened in the UK and offered his condolences to the families of the murdered hostages.

The Prime Minister of Canada, which suffered an attack on its Parliament by a suspected jihadist sympathiser in October, also used social media to offer support.

Stephen Harper said via Twitter: "Canada's thoughts and prayers are with our Australian friends,"

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently visited Sydney, condemned the siege as "disturbing".

He wrote on Twitter: "Such acts are inhuman and deeply unfortunate. I pray for everyone's safety."

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key also said on Twitter that he had contacted Mr Abbott "to let him know our thoughts are with the people of Australia today".

Peter O'Neill, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, said on Twitter: "We are shocked to see this situation occur to our close neighbour."

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