Eight people have been detained after gunmen attacked a wedding party in southeast Turkey, killing 44 people.

Eyewitnesses said the attackers were armed with assault rifles and grenades when they attacked the gathering in Bilge Koyu, in Mardin province.

Interior Minister Besir Atalay said initial evidence showed the attack was a result of a feud between families.

Mr Atalay said: 'The state prosecutor has been working all night, listening to the accounts of eyewitnesses.

'Eight people have been caught and detained, and their weapons confiscated. This can be understood as a blood feud between two families.'

He said 44 people had been killed in the attack, including 16 women and six children. Earlier, authorities had said 45 had died.

The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told the parliament in Ankara there had been a feud between two families in the small village in recent years.

Mr Atalay said those detained and those who had been killed shared the same last name, pointing to inter-clan violence.