Tensions have been running high in Ali Curung for some time. Picture: Tricia Watkinson
Tensions have been running high in Ali Curung for some time. Picture: Tricia Watkinson

Man dies as 100 people riot, cars set alight

A 25-YEAR-OLD man has been found dead and others have been injured after days of escalating unrest and fighting came to a head in the remote community of Ali Curung.

Local businesses within Ali Curung, located 150km southeast of Tennant Creek, were forced to lock their doors while a large group of residents clashed on Monday.

Many of the locals involved were seen fighting with weapons including knives, pipes and nula nulas, while others set fire to cars and looted homes.

When officers arrived, they were met with scenes of burning vehicles and ransacked buildings after a reported 100 people ran riot through the community.

Southern Desert Division Superintendent Jody Nobbs said NT Police sent reinforcements to quell the disturbances at 11.30am and discovered a 25-year-old man they believe was killed during the unrest.

"Police are certainly treating this as a suspicious death and accordingly have sent police investigation officers from both Tennant Creek and Darwin," he said.

He said the cause of the unrest was still unclear but police would not rule out a possible link to the tragedy in which four young people died by a lonely, remote road on Wednesday.

 

A huge riot in the community reportedly involved up to 100 people. Picture: Tricia Watkinson
A huge riot in the community reportedly involved up to 100 people. Picture: Tricia Watkinson

The operators of the local Mirnirri Store said they had witnessed ongoing tensions between the east and west side of town for years.

Several confronting YouTube videos of street fights in Ali Curung have been circulating online over the last few months.

An autopsy will be conducted on the body of the young man to determine the cause of his death.

Members of the public are advised to defer all unnecessary travel to Ali Curung at the current time.



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