John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
In the wake of the Islamic terror attack on a Sydney café, local officials are confirming the acts of bravery committed by the two hostages killed during the assault.
The first victim was a 38-year-old mother of three who died protecting a pregnant co-worker. Katrina Dawson was a lawyer who worked in the central business district opposite the café. She had been drinking coffee with Julie Taylor, a fellow lawyer who is pregnant, and when terrorist Man Haron Monis began firing she used her body to shield her friend.
The other victim was Tori Johnson, the manager of the Lindt Café. Johnson jumped forward when the terrorist began to fire at the hostages in an attempt to wrestle the gun away from the attacker. He suffered fatal wounds during the fight with Monis.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott admitted to the press that the attacker was not on the terrorism watch list. He could not explain why the openly hostile jihadist was not on the list.
The London Daily Mail said that Monis was on bail related to charges that he had plotted to kill a woman at the time of his assault on the café.