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Ankara says wedding murder cannot be justified

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Ankara says wedding murder cannot be justified


The Turkish government has lashed out at the perpetrators of a mass murder at a wedding, saying there could be no justification whatsoever for the massacre.

In what appears to be a family feud, masked men armed with rifles and grenades killed 44 people at a wedding party on Monday evening. The suspected gunmen and many of the victims shared the same family name. Eight arrests have been made. The government was quick to rule out terrorism. The attack took place in a small village of a few hundred people in the mainly Kurdish south-east of the country. Sixteen women and six children are among the dead. The attackers apparently stormed two houses when the family had grouped for prayers after the wedding. Locals have said that long running family rivalries peaked over the choice of the bride.

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