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More than 40 people killed in Turkish wedding massacre

More than 40 people killed in Turkish wedding massacre

Masked gunmen stormed a wedding party in Turkey's Kurdish region hurling grenades and firing machine guns in an attack which left 44 people dead - half of them women and children, authorities said yesterday.
Eight people have been arrested over what Interior Minister Besir Atalay said was a blood feud between two families.
Four masked men entered the village square in Bilge from different directions late Monday, just after a Muslim preacher had completed the wedding ceremony, and started throwing hand grenades, witnesses said. They then opened fire at the crowd and stormed into several houses, continuing to shoot, they said.
One 19-year-old woman said the attackers herded women and children into a room in one house and sprayed them with bullets, according to a witness account relayed by a local official. Atalay said six children and 16 women were among the 44 dead. Three other villagers were wounded, he added. The assailants escaped in the dark as a sandstorm cut visibility in the area, which is near the Syrian border.
The interior minister said the massacre was not linked to terrorism - a reference to separatist Kurdish rebels active in the region - and appeared to have been triggered by a feud between villagers. "An initial assessment suggests that the attack was triggered by enmity and dispute between families. We are still working on the case so I do not want to speak in definite terms," the minister told a news conference in the provincial capital of Mardin before heading to the village.
Villagers had also suggested that the shooting was linked to a blood feud between rival families.


Updated : 2020-12-02 12:47 GMT+08:00