“I think we are improving and definitely much better than probably what we were prepared in the earlier years. So, ultimately it comes with situation, each situation differs. But I think we are quite well prepared," he said.

Parrikar, who is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Security, was asked how he assessed the country's preparedness in the wake of what had happened in Sydney.

On Monday, a heavily-armed man of Iranian-origin held 17 people hostage at a cafe in Sydney. The crisis ended late Monday with the police storming it.

Three persons were killed while two Indians, who were among the captives, escaped safely.

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