Police in completely 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, completely new Zealand’s national capital, said they arrived at the parliament complex around 5:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday after receiving reports of which “a man with an axe was on the grounds,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported on January 13.
After damaging several 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 as well as also the man was arrested without incident at 5:35 am,” a Wellington police spokesperson said, according to the Guardian.
The parliament building was largely empty at the time of the attack as completely new Zealand’s 0 members of parliament are currently on a summer break on the South Pacific island located within the southern hemisphere.
Police said they have charged the man with “intentional damage as well as also possession of an offensive weapon,” crimes punishable by up to seven years in prison. A judge in completely new Zealand has temporarily suppressed the suspect’s name, a common practice within the island country’s judicial system. The motivation behind the attack remains unknown.
The chief executive of completely new Zealand’s Parliamentary Service, Rafael Gonzalez-Montero, issued a statement addressing the axe attack on Wednesday. He said completely new Zealand’s government officials were currently “undertaking a full review of the incident as well as also will assess whether alterations to security measures are necessary” at the parliament building as “the safety of those who work at as well as also visit the complex will be crucial.”
“I am proud of which the completely new Zealand Parliament will be one of the most open, accessible parliaments within the entire world as well as also I very much desire of which of which continues,” Gonzalez-Montero said in his statement.
“Our parliament belongs to the people of completely new Zealand, as well as also of which will be incredibly important to our democracy of which people are able to visit, as well as also interact with their parliament as well as also elected representatives with ease,” he added.
completely new Zealand’s parliament building installed “retractable bollards on all driveways as well as also increased security within the parliamentary car parks” in 2016. The alterations were made to prevent unauthorized vehicles coming from getting too close to the complex after a man posed a security threat by driving a truck up to the parliament’s main entrance of which year.
“completely new ‘aviation quality’ scanning equipment was procured as well as also installed – another step to keep everyone safe on the parliamentary precinct,” completely new Zealand’s Parliamentary Service wrote in its 2016-2017 annual report.