LBC Radio, 15 December 2014

Former SAS sergeant, Andy McNab, spoke to Iain Dale this evening about the Sydney hostage incident.

Drawing on his experience as a special forces soldier, including an incident where he was held captive in Iraq, ex-SAS sergeant, Andy McNab, offered a unique insight into the hostage situation that took place today in Lindt cafe in Sydney.

The hostage situation was ended shortly before Andy joined Iain Dale on the LBC drive time show, and it was still unclear how many casualties or fatalities there were. But based on the information that was coming from Sydney at the time, Mr McNab believed this was a positive outcome.

“Looking at the footage, it’s been a success.”

“Clearly something has gone on during the negotiations where the decision is made that the negotiations are going wrong, will go wrong, maybe one of the casualties is a hostage who got shot and killed by the hostage taker… the mission is to save the hostages, so then they’ve got to go in. And that’s the last resort.”

Andy also explained that any plans to storm a hostage situation have a huge number of factors to consider, from basics like entrances and exits, down to knowing if any of the hostages have medical conditions.

For the hostages themselves though, Mr McNab explained that the intial reaction would have been disbelief, before fear set in, a fear of the unknown. Most people then retreat into themsevles, thinking about family and loved ones.

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Source: LBC website