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Dozens killed after gunmen open fire at Turkish wedding

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Dozens killed after gunmen open fire at Turkish wedding

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At least 45 people, including several children, have been killed after masked gunmen attacked a wedding party in south eastern Turkey.

Monday evening’s attack is one of the worst involving civilians in the country’s modern history. At least six people were injured in the attack, which happened in a village near the town of Mardin. Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay said preliminary evidence indicated that it was not the work of terrorists. Local media said the families of the bride and groom included members of the Village Guard, a heavily armed state-backed militia set up to combat Kurdish separatist fighters and provide intelligence. Some news organisations have speculated that a “blood feud” between the families involved may have sparked the fighting. The fate of the bride and groom is not yet known.