Nail Kadirhan / Anatolian News Agency
May 5, 2009
Family members grieve in front of a hospital in the city of Mardin after an attack at an engagement ceremony in the nearby Turkish village of Bilge on Monday claimed 44 lives. The Associated Press reported that eight men suspected of fatally shooting 44 people at the ceremony were arrested today, accused of killing the betrothed couple whose wedding they opposed along with relatives and friends in a 15-minute rampage. Two girls survived by concealing themselves beneath the bodies of their slain friends during the shootings in Turkey's impoverished rural southeast, where tribal ties and rivalries can eclipse the power of the state.