A man has been killed and at least one other has been injured after fighting broke out in a remote Northern Territory community, which was already in mourning following the death of four locals last week.
Police from Alice Springs, Darwin and Tennant Creek were called to help at the deadly riot
Mayor won’t say if riot linked to deaths of four locals last week
The public has been asked to defer travel to the community
Police were called to Ali Curung, 377 kilometres north of Alice Springs, at about 11.30am on Monday amid reports of growing unrest.
The ABC was told up to 100 people were involved in fighting, using knives, pipes, machetes and spears.
Police confirmed the rioting led toa 25-year-old man being injured and killed.
Another man is suffering injuries which are not life-threatening.
Superintendent Jody Nobbs said the cause of Monday’s unrest was unknown, and did not say whether the two incidents were related.
“We won’t rule anything out as to the cause,” Superintendent Nobbs said.
“There was a tragic event that occurred last Friday involving broad community linkages to Ali Curung.
“So we are certainly not ruling out in this point in time that that tragic event from last week may have some involvement in today’s matter, although it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to say conclusively at the moment.”
Superintendent Nobbs confirmed there had been “certainly large numbers of people involved”, property damage, cars on fire and looting.
It is not believed anyone has been evacuated, but police have offered transportation.
“Police will continue to work with both the Government and non-government partners to identify processes to remove people from the Ali Curung community if they deem necessary,” Superintendent Nobbs said.
“At this point in time we’ve offered transportation of community members out of Ali Curung but there’s been no uptake of that arrangement at this point in time.”
Police from Alice Springs, Darwin and Tennant Creek have now been dispatched to the community.
Superintendent Nobbs said all things have settled for the moment, but police would maintain a presence as long as required.
Members of the public have been advised to defer all unnecessary travel to Ali Curung during this time.