Aksum amok case
Date 1936
Location(s) Aksum, Turkey
Killed 14
Injured 3
Perpetrator Two men
Weapon(s) Guns

In 1936 a Turkish peasant and his nephew killed 14 people and wounded three others in Aksum, a village in Kurdistan, southern Turkey.

One night the two, who had sworn to take revenge on the winning party after losing a lawsuit over land, entered a house in which the villagers had gathered to celebrate a wedding ceremony, and with guns and knives killed six of the people therein, among them three children. The men then fled into the woods, but reappeared at their victims' funeral, where they shot dead two more villagers and a child, and also dangerously wounded two men and a woman during their flight. The next day they killed another villager, his wife, and their three children, whereupon a large force of armed police was dispatched to the area to apprehend the murderers. The two resisted arrest and were killed during their fight with the police forces.

After the murders many inhabitants fled the district in fear of reprisal violence by the victims' families against the relatives of the perpetrators.[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. Turks in feud take 15 lives, The Florence Times (August 31, 1936)
  2. Turks in feud take 15 lives, Hattiesburg American (August 21, 1936)
  3. Mass village murder - Killers run amok at wedding, The Canberra Times (January 13, 1937)
  4. Turks in Feud Take Lives of Fifteen, The Evening Tribune (August 22, 1936)
  5. Take 15 Lives, The Santa Fe New Mexican (August 28, 1936)
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