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One dead, many hurt in Cretan family feud

Police on Crete yesterday detained eight members of two rival families after a heated dispute led to the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man and the injury of several other people. The trouble started on Saturday afternoon when the 25-year-old and a relative were burning branches in a field near Kissamos in the Hania prefecture. Members of the other family objected to the fire, prompting an argument, which culminated in the 25-year-old being shot dead. According to police, a brawl ensued, resulting in one woman receiving serious head injuries and others suffering minor injuries. Later the same day at the hospital, tensions escalated into another brawl, resulting in more injuries as knives were drawn. Police said the two families have a history of antagonism, noting that a vendetta in the early 1990s resulted in deaths on both sides.