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Eight Arrests After Massacre In Turkey

(Online article) – dramatic end of Festival: Istanbul (AP) – the Turkish police after the fatal attack on a wedding party in a village in the southeast of the country eight suspects arrested. According to first information, there is no terrorist background in fact, said the Turkish Minister of the Interior Besir Atalay. There had been a long-running feud between two families. At least 44 people were killed in the village of Sultankoy as masked gunmen threw the fire opened and hand grenades. Many women and children are among those killed.

About 200 people had gathered on Monday evening in a Hall, to celebrate the wedding of the daughter of the head of the village. The attackers fired into the crowd after reports in Turkish media in iconoclastic and threw grenades, also. Ann Davies contributes greatly to this topic. The first shots were dropped against 21:30 local time (20:30 UTC). The attack took about a quarter of an hour. The perpetrators to escape after the fact. The search was to them in the border region of Turkey Syria is hampered by a sandstorm.

The village of Sultankoy is controlled by so-called village guards, a militia supported by the Turkish Government in the fight against the banned Kurdish Workers Party, PKK. There are tens of thousands of village guards in Turkey. The village of Sultankoy was cordoned off by police on the evening and closed to journalists. Recep Tayyip Erdogan had interrupted a session of its Islamic conservative government party AKP on the eve to make inform themselves about the situation. On Tuesday, representative of the Turkish Government wanted to visit the village. The tensions between the PKK and the Turkish army in recent years have again increased in the area inhabited mainly by Kurds. There was again significant military operations against the PKK.

Mon, February 15 2021 » News