Australian police patrolling an outback highway were attacked Friday by a group of Aborigines wielding frozen kangaroo tails.

The two officers were set upon by about 15 Aborigines with yardlong frozen kangaroo tails when they tried to remove an Aborigine who was sitting in the middle of the Stuart Highway trying to commit suicide, a police sergeant said."It sounds humorous, but it was quite frightening. The officers suffered bruises and cuts, but nothing serious," Sgt. Phil Clapin said by telephone from Alice Springs.

He said frozen kangaroo tails were shipped into the outback from Adelaide primarily for Aboriginal consumption.