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Eight people have been arrested after masked gunmen killed at least 44 people at a wedding party in mainly Kurdish south east Turkey. Skip related contentRelated photos / videos 'Blood Feud' Massacre At Wedding In Turkey Enlarge photo The attack was most likely the result of a blood feud between families, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said.The bride, the groom and the groom's mother and sister were killed in the attack, as was the Islamic cleric who was presiding over the marriage.Six children were among the dead after the gunmen opened fired using assault rifles and grenades last night.Two girls survived after the bodies of slain friends fell on top of them during the massacre. Six people were injured in the onslaught.It was one of the worst attacks involving civilians in European Union candidate Turkey's recent history.Mr Atalay earlier said initial evidence did not point to terrorism, suggesting he was ruling out involvement of the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).The acting governor of Mardin province, Ahmet Ferhat Ozen, said the gunmen stormed a building in Bilge village, near Sultankoy, 12 miles from Mardin, and fired at wedding guests.The gunmen escaped from the isolated region of Turkey, on the border with Syria, before soldiers surrounded the village and cut off road access.Pursuit of the attackers was being hindered by a sandstorm, authorities said."There were a few people, they broke into the house and started spraying the place with bullets, hitting both men and women. Their faces were covered with masks," a 20-year-old female eyewitness said.She said there were some 200 people at the wedding party.Local media said the families of both the bride and the groom included members of the Village Guard.The heavily armed state-backed militia was set up to combat Kurdish separatist guerrillas and provide intelligence in southeast Turkey.State-run news agency Anatolian reported the daughter of the village chief, called a muhtar, was being married when the attack occurred.Mr Atalay did not mention the PKK, which seeks an ethnic Kurdish homeland in the southeast, but indicated his remarks on no apparent link to terrorism meant the group was not involved.Local rivalry spilling into deadly feuds is not unheard of in southeast Turkey, although it is rare for the death toll to be so high.
TragicBefore anyone says it, yes, something similar happened in Kill Bill.
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Terrible.R.I.P. to the dead.I saw them talking about this on the lunchtime news today, and they said it was probably the result of a "Blood Feud". I couldn't help thinking "Blood Feud" would be a great name for a band, or a computer game.

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