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Turkish man held over murder of 8 relatives

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  • Turkish police detain discharged army officer suspected of killing 8 relatives
  • Bodies found in their Adana apartment Tuesday with bullet wounds to heads
  • Suspect was junior officer until discharged for marrying foreign woman
By Ivan Watson and Yesim Comert
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ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) -- Turkish police have detained a discharged army officer suspected in the murder of eight of his relatives, officials said Tuesday.

The bodies were discovered Tuesday morning with bullet wounds to their heads in their apartment in the south-central Turkish city of Adana, authorities said. The victims included three children, a divorced nurse named Nalan Yuksel, and her parents, they said.

The suspect, a 38-year-old man named Murat Yuksel, was the brother of Nalan Yuksel, the office of the Adana provincial governor said.

"Police found blood and his gun during the search of his house," a statement said. "The bullets in the scene match the weapon."

The bodies were found covered with sheets, the statement said.

The governor's office said Yuksel had been a junior officer in the Turkish military until he was discharged for marrying a foreign woman. According to Turkish regulations, military officers are banned from marrying foreigners.

Last month, Turkey was shocked by another multiple slaying. More than 40 people attending a wedding party in a village in southeastern Turkey were killed on May 4 by masked men armed with guns and grenades. Turkish authorities said that incident stemmed from a feud between families.

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