Wednesday, December 6, 2006


Families attack with axes and spears

`A feud between two families in a remote Northern Territory community escalated when more than 200 people attacked each other with axes, spears and homemade swords overnight. [..]

The two families had agreed to meet with the intention of reaching a peaceful resolution to their problems.

About 200 people turned up for the meeting in the stifling December heat but as the two groups gathered, police said one began to “taunt and verbally abuse” the other.

“The opposing family responded physically,” police said.

“The situation escalated with police frantically trying to disarm young men of axes, spears and homemade swords.”‘

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