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NZ to review Parliament security after axe-wielding man smashes doors

Wellington: Officials plan to review security at the New Zealand Parliament building after a man armed with an axe smashed the main glass entrance doors early on Wednesday.

Police said they were called to the complex in Wellington just before 5.30am, NZ time, after getting reports that a man with an axe was on the grounds. Police said that after smashing the doors, the 31-year-old man didn’t try to enter the building and was arrested within minutes without further incident.

Pedestrians walk past the Parliament Building in Wellington, New Zealand. Few people were in the building at the time of the attack.

Pedestrians walk past the Parliament Building in Wellington, New Zealand. Few people were in the building at the time of the attack.Credit:Bloomberg

New Zealand’s 120 MPs are currently on a summer break, and there were few people in the building at the time of the attack.

The man has been charged with intentional damage and possession of an offensive weapon. If found guilty, he could face up to seven years in prison. A judge temporarily suppressed the man’s name, a common practice in the country’s justice system.

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