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Axe-wielding man smashes New Zealand Parliament building doors

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Crews at New Zealand's Parliament inspect the smashed front doors on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Wellington, New Zealand. Police said a man armed with an axe smashed the glass doors but did not attempt to enter the building.

A man smashed the glass front doors of New Zealand's Parliament building with an axe early on Wednesday morning, according to authorities in the country.

(CNN)A man smashed the glass front doors of New Zealand's Parliament building with an axe early on Wednesday morning, according to authorities in the country.

Police officers were called to the scene in the capital Wellington, and arrested the man without incident, a New Zealand police spokesperson said.

"The man caused some damage to glass panels but did not attempt to enter the building," the spokesperson said.

The 31-year-old man appeared at the Wellington District Court Wednesday morning for intentional damage and possession of an offensive weapon, the spokesperson said.

After his court appearance, the man was bailed to a secure mental health unit, and has been seen by a forensic nurse and mental health professional, according to CNN affiliate Radio New Zealand (RNZ).

Threats to New Zealand's Parliament are relatively rare, and there is minimal security around the legislature.

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