Tourists warned to stay away after riot in Australia’s Outback

SYDNEY (Sept 15, 2010): Tourists travelling in Australia’s Outback were warned Wednesday to stay away from an Aboriginal settlement near Alice Springs after street battles followed the stabbing death of a local man.

Northern Territory police rushed reinforcements to Yuendumu, 300km north-west of Alice Springs, after a riot Tuesday and Wednesday involving about  50 people from the isolated settlement.

Acting Senior Sergeant Shaun Gill said the rioters had armed themselves with sticks, iron bars, spears and traditional clubs called nulla nullas.

“Police received reports of five cars being torched and one house being set alight,” Gill said.

Yuendumu is home to about 800 indigenous people. — dpa

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