Four killed in Turkish family ‘fight over shed’

Four people have been killed and five wounded in a fight that erupted within the same family in the western Turkish region of Bolu. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 February 2018
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Four killed in Turkish family ‘fight over shed’

ISTANBUL: Four people have been killed and five wounded in a fight that erupted within the same family in the western Turkish region of Bolu over a woodshed between their houses, local officials and reports said Sunday.
The dispute over the shed had long persisted between cousins Ayhan and Zeki Buyuktopac, who lived in two neighboring houses in the usually placid Bolu region south of the Black Sea.
When the row erupted again, Zeki Buyuktopac’s son Onur brought his gun and shot dead Ayhan Buyuktopac, his wife Emine, sister Zekiye and son Taksin, the Dogan news agency said.
Their nephew Soner was also badly wounded. Half a dozen other members of the family were also wounded by sticks used in the fight. The shootout was witnessed by a four-year-old relative who was not harmed.
“We think this was caused by a land ownership dispute between the two sides of the family,” said Bolu regional governor Aydin Barus, quoted by Dogan.
“This is not the kind of thing we expect in our part of the world and we have never seen anything like this,” he said.
“It’s inhuman to resort to such violence,” he added, promising a full investigation. The gunman Onur Buyuktopac has been detained, Dogan said.
Disputes in Turkey frequently flare up into violence, sometimes involving weapons, but it is extremely unusual for several people to be killed in a single argument within one family.


2 guards killed in explosion in southeastern Turkey

Updated 3 min 27 sec ago
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2 guards killed in explosion in southeastern Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s state-run news agency says an improvised explosive device believed to have been planted by Kurdish rebels has exploded on a road in the country’s southeast, killing two government-paid village guards.
Anadolu Agency said two other village guards were wounded Wednesday in the explosion in the mainly Kurdish-populated Sirnak province, near the border with Iraq.
Anadolu said an operation has been launched to catch the perpetrators.
The village guards support Turkey’s military in fighting the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a more than three-decade-long insurgency in Turkey’s southeastern region.
The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984. The group is considered a terror organization by Turkey and its allies.