Dangerous weapons seized after two men killed during terrifying ‘family feud’

Police have seized several spears, knives and machetes after two men were killed during a riot in a remote indigenous town.

The spear fight which progressed from an alleged ‘family feud’ started on Friday in the Angurugu township on Groote Eylandt, east of Darwin.

The fight involved more than 60 people and killed two men aged 19 and 29.


Northern Territory Police took to Facebook following the horrifying incident to update the community.

“Northern Territory Police are continuing their investigation into the deaths of two males aged 19 and 29 following a spear fight on Friday in the township of Angurugu on Groote Eylandt.

“Our priority today will be to investigate the cause of Friday’s disturbance, and to identify persons of interest in the death of the two young men.

“This is a community in deep shock and mourning.

“We are respectful of Sorry Business requirements among relatives, and will work calmly and with care with Elders, families and residents to identify those responsible for the deaths.

“Our Members face a difficult task locating those responsible. Some will have fled into the Bush, while others have gone to ground elsewhere.

“Nonetheless, we appreciate the help provided by the community to date, and again appeal to anyone who might have information – especially video footage filmed on mobile devices – to come forward as soon as possible.”