45 Dead in Turkey 'Blood Feud' Strike

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2009 4:38 PM CDT
Pro-goverment village guards patrol near Uludere in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak at the Turkey-Iraq border, Turkey.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Masked assailants with grenades and automatic weapons attacked an engagement ceremony in southeast Turkey on Monday, killing 45 people. Two girls survived after the bodies of slain friends fell on top of them during the onslaught. Some media outlets reported that a "blood feud" among families had led to the killings in a region where tribal ties and rivalries sometimes eclipse the power of the state.