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Muslim Families Kill 44 Over ‘Bride Feud’

From those defenders of the faith at Reuters:

In this image grabbed from a footage released by CIHAN via APTN, a woman screams in Mardin, Turkey, Tuesday, May 5, 2009. Masked assailants with grenades and automatic weapons attacked an engagement ceremony in southeast Turkey on Monday, killing 45 people.

Family rivals kill 44 over bride feud in Turkey

By Daren Butler

BILGE, Turkey (Reuters) – Masked men armed with assault rifles and grenades killed 44 people at a wedding party in southeast Turkey in a blood feud between families, authorities and residents said.

The bride and her groom were killed in Monday evening’s attack in Bilge, a village of around 250 people in the conservative heartland of mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

The suspected gunmen and many of the victims bore the same family name, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said.

The Celebi family had been at odds over land, membership of state-sponsored village guards, and more recently over the bride, local residents said. The attack was sparked by revenge from one part of the Celebi family unhappy a relative had been passed over for a groom from another family in Diyarbakir…

A imam, or a Muslim cleric, was among the dead.

"I am ashamed to be from here, this is brutality, it is like a natural disaster, an earthquake," Mahmut Yildiz, 43, told Reuters. Pointing to the freshly dug graves, he said: "I don’t know how we will be able to live in peace."

The attack was one of the worst involving civilians in the modern history of European Union candidate Turkey and highlighted the power tribes still wield in the region, increasing instability…

At least four masked attackers stormed two houses where guests had gathered for prayers after the wedding. The dead included 16 women and six children.

Men and women were found dead in separate rooms. Sevgi Celebi, the daughter of the former village chief, was being married when the attack occurred…

"They ruined us all. I want them to get the biggest punishment possible. I wish fire in the houses of those who put fire in my house," Sultan Celebi, 75, who lost four children, three daughters-in-laws and one grandchild, told state-run Anatolian news agency.

Marriages in the conservative southeast, where it is usual to carry weapons, can spark rivalry between clans because the groom’s family must often pay some kind of prize to the bride’s family for marriage, and sometimes the highest bidder wins

This might help explain some of the alleged ‘civilian deaths’ from ‘wedding parties’ in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Muslim Families Kill 44 Over ‘Bride Feud’”

  1. heykev says:

    “sometimes the highest bidder wins”

    Turkey is supposed to be one of the more modern, western-minded Muslim countries. If bidding on your daughter is common there, what unspeakable acts are being committed in the name of Allah in those backward, still-mad-at-the-west-because-of-the-crusades Islamic countries.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, low birth rates in Europe will bring this plague to all of Europe all too soon. .


  2. Right of the People says:

    After seeing that picture I now see why they make their women cover their faces. Ugh!

    I thought stuff like this went out centuries ago. I see no real way to drag these neanderthals into even the twentieth, let alone the twenty-first century. Thank goodness Islam is a religion of peace.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Well…..why let it all go to waste.
    Pass the potatoes and gravy and the roast goat!!

    May I say the grace?

  4. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    I’m glad that there weren’t any “Extremist” muslims involved. No telling how high the death toll would have been if there were!

    • Icarus says:

      Wonderful wit!…
      Though I nearly sprayed my mouthful of coffee; as I had simultaneously taken a swig and read the post…lol

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Glad that I could add a little humor to your day Icarus.

  5. GL0120 says:

    Ah yes, the religion of peace strikes again!

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