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A British family who were injured as a result of a terrorist attack whilst on holiday in 2005 have been awarded compensation by the Turkish government.

Helen Bennett from County Durham, was one of the 5 victims who sadly lost their lives as a result of the bomb attack which was supposedly orchestrated by the Kurdish separatist group, the PKK, on a tourist mini-bus in July 2005.

Five other members of the Bennett family were also injured in the attack.  The other family members were claiming compensation for limb and muscle damage, hearing loss and psychological injury.

After a long legal battle of almost 2 years, the family have been told that they will be receiving compensation of more than £1 million from the Turkish government.  The family lawyers argued that the extent of the injures sustained meant that some of them could never work again and would require special care for the rest of their lives.

Initially the families were disappointed as they were told that they were not entitled to compensation as the British scheme, which awarded victims of the July 7 bombings compensation, did not extend to terrorist acts abroad.

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