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Wadeye, NT: Violence erupts in warring outback town notorious for crossbow attacks

Violence erupts again in warring outback town notorious for crossbow attacks – as cops called out to a stabbing are forced to bring in reinforcements

  • Police officers have been pelted with rocks at notoriously violent outback town
  • Female constable hit in the head during attack at Wadeye, 400km from Darwin
  • Violence throughout the outback region has escalated over recent months
  • The township of Wadeye has seen out of control gangs, warring families & riots 
  • Gangs seen holding machetes, axes and hammers roam the streets in the town 
  • Four men were shot with arrows in a violent clash in the community back in June

Northern Territory police officers have been attacked by a mob of people in a troubled remote Indigenous community, with one officer suffering a head injury.

Police were called to an incident in Wadeye, 400km southwest of Darwin, on Thursday evening after a man was allegedly assaulted with an edged weapon.

A group of people allegedly threw rocks at the officers at the site, injuring a policewoman, who was struck in the forehead and suffered a 2cm cut.

Violence has escalated throughout the Wadey region (pictured, gangs of locals armed with axes, hammers and machetes and a crossbow roam the streets of Wadeye)

The majority of the violence in the region has emerged out of Wadeye (pictured, one man seen with an arrow through his forearm believed to be in the rural town of Wadeye)

The majority of the violence in the region has emerged out of Wadeye (pictured, one man seen with an arrow through his forearm believed to be in the rural town of Wadeye)

The officers were forced to flee from the area but returned a short time later with more police, who helped disperse the mob.

The man, who had allegedly been assaulted was found at the site.

He suffered a cut to his leg and was taken to the local medical clinic for treatment, along with the injured officer.

Wadeye was as at the centre of violent clashes between rival Indigenous clans earlier this year. 

Frightening photographs from the township revealed the extent of the war between the tribal rivals.

Likened by some to ‘the Wild West’, the community has seen pitched battles after dark between rival gang members wheeling around the streets and setting houses and vehicles alight.

About 40 houses in Wadeye were torched and abandoned earlier this year, with some armed thugs stopping during the violence to pose for pictures

About 40 houses in Wadeye were torched and abandoned earlier this year, with some armed thugs stopping during the violence to pose for pictures

At least four men had arrows shot through their legs and arms in what's understood to have been a violent clash in Wadeye back in June

At least four men had arrows shot through their legs and arms in what’s understood to have been a violent clash in Wadeye back in June

Gangs of locals armed with axes, hammers, iron bars and machetes have roamed the streets searching for victims, with authorities apparently powerless to stop them.

About 40 houses were torched and abandoned earlier this year, with some armed thugs posing for pictures in front of the burning properties.

Shocking video footage showed locals looting buildings, snatching expensive computer equipment and then jubilantly destroying it.

In June, at least four men were pierced in the arms and legs by arrows that had been fired from crossbows during a violent clash in the town.

Wadeye is a remote outback township 420 km southwest of Darwin in the Northern Territory

Wadeye is a remote outback township 420 km southwest of Darwin in the Northern Territory

The township was developed to bring Aboriginal people in remote communities together so they could get access to modern facilities

The township was developed to bring Aboriginal people in remote communities together so they could get access to modern facilities

Two men were captured pointing the crossbows at each other and firing.

Gruesome images surfaced on social media showing the arrows that pierced the forearm, shoulder and shin of separate victims.  

Commander Kylie Anderson said police have been working ‘extraordinarily hard’ to keep Wadeye residents safe following the latest incident.

‘The fact that one of those residents chose to deliberately harm an officer is completely reprehensible and police are currently working to identify all those involved,’ she said.

Wadeye is one of the largest Aboriginal communities in the NT, and home to about 3000 people from 22 clans and seven language groups.

It is also situated in one of the most disadvantaged regions in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and regularly suffers from violent unrest that requires significant police intervention.

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