Police subdue knife-wielding man near Australia’s Parliament
Canberra, Australia: Police have used a Taser to subdue a man who brandished a knife near the prime minister’s entrance to Australia’s Parliament House.
Police say in a statement there are no national security concerns regarding the incident on Thursday, terminology that means the man is not considered to be a terrorist.
The statement says police and security guards began negotiating with the man on a lawn near the ministers’ wing of Parliament House on Thursday afternoon after he was seen to be armed.Police say they Tasered the man after he failed to relinquish the knife. He was taken into custody. A police spokesman declined to provide further details.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott was not in the capital on Thursday and Parliament is in recess.