Bride, Groom Among 44 Killed In Wedding Attack

Turkey's Interior Minister says security forces have detained eight suspected gunmen following an attack on a wedding ceremony that killed 44 people, including the bride and groom.

Officials say masked assailants attacked the ceremony in southeastern Turkey with automatic weapons, and six other people were wounded.

Two girls survived after the bodies of slain friends fell on top of them.

Officials initially said 45 people died but later corrected the total.

Officials say the attack appears to be the result of a blood feud and not a terrorist action. Blood feuds are common among families in the region where tribal ties and rivalries sometimes eclipse the power of the state.

Six children are reported among the dead.

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  • by Ank Location: Greenville on May 5, 2009 at 11:50 PM
    I don't really see any room for humor here Bud.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 5, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    There must have been some jealousy going on.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on May 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    A modern-day Romeo & Juliet..."to love and to cherish, till death do us...dang that was quick!"
  • by Just a girl Location: wmst on May 5, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    aww man, that is so sad, on their wedding day, at least they died together. May God be with all the families and friends.

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