Two charged after Sydney factory siege

Tactical police officers position themselves outside a factory in an industrial area of Ingleburn, a suburb 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Sydney, Monday, 7 March 2016Image copyright

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Police surrounded the factory soon after the shooting started

A man and woman have been charged after a siege at a Sydney sign-making factory which left two people dead.

Michael Bassal, 43, was shot dead by Wayne Williams, 33, who held hostages for more than six-hours before turning the gun on himself, reports say.

One of the three hostages, Seksane, told Australian media it was his first day working at the Inline National Signage factory.

Two other men were shot, with reports claiming they are Mr Bassal’s brothers.

The gunman’s motives and relationship to those in the factory are yet to be confirmed, but reports claim there are links to motorcycle gangs.

The two injured men were transported to Liverpool Hospital where they remain in a stable condition, staff told the BBC on Tuesday.

One of the men underwent emergency surgery, while the second suffered superficial wounds to his lower body, police said.

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A 7News screenshot of the siege at an industrial area in Ingleburn, Sydney

A man, 52, is expected to appear in court on Tuesday charged with discharging a firearm in a public place and concealing a serious indictable offence.

A woman, 30, was also charged with concealing a serious indictable offence, and is due to appear in the same court next month.

Their alleged links to the incident are not yet clear.

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Photographs on Monday showed heavily armed police surrounding the signage business, and what appears to be a body underneath a white sheet on the sidewalk

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