New Zealand: Police Arrest Man for Axe Attack on Parliament

New Zealand: Police Arrest Man for Axe Attack on Parliament


Police in New Zealand on Wednesday arrested a man after he attacked the country’s parliament building with an axe, smashing the building’s main glass entrance doors.

Law enforcement officers in Wellington, New Zealand’s national capital, said they arrived at the parliament complex around 5:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday after receiving reports that “a man with an axe was on the grounds,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported on January 13.

After damaging five of the building’s main doors leading into parliament, the 31-year-old suspect did not attempt to enter the building. He was arrested a few minutes later without further incident.

“Police were called to the scene at 5:25 am and the man was arrested without incident at 5:35 am,” a Wellington police spokesperson said, according to the Guardian.

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The parliament building was largely empty at the time of the attack as New Zealand’s 120 members of parliament are currently on a summer

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