France and Turkey have condemned the killing of three female Kurdish activists in Paris.
Kurds turned out in anger after the women’s bodies were found shot in the head in a Kurdish centre.
One of the victims, Sakine Cansiz, is a founder member of the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK, an armed separatist group which has waged a 28-year insurgency against the Turkish state.
The murders come at a sensitive time as Turkey has recently admitted to holding talks with jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, with a view to ending the conflict.
The Kurdish institute in Paris, the scene of the murders, has close links to the PKK which is deemed a terrorist group by the EU and the US.
The French Interior Minister Manuel Valls identified one of the victims as the head of the centre. A murder investigation involving homicide and anti-terrorism units is underway.
Residents and people working nearby are shocked. “This barbaric, savage crime is unspeakable. We are shattered. I think someone wanted above all to attack symbols,” said lawyer Seve Aydin-Izouli.
“For 20 years we’ve been working here in Kurdish associations in France, and we have never been attacked in such a ferocious way, in such a busy street. There are lots of questions to answer,” said Eyyüp Doru of the Party for Peace and Democracy in Turkey.
Staff members at the centre said the murders were politically motivated.
Euronews correspondent Giovanni Magi at the scene said: “The 10th district of Paris houses a very large Kurdish community, which numbers nearly 150,000 people in France. It’s a community profoundly shocked by this extremly violent act.”
The PKK is fighting for greater Kurdish autonomy in the Turkish southeast and many Turks fear such autonomy could stoke demands for an independent Kurdish homeland and undermine Turkey.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Back to school for Romania’s new First Lady
- 2Surprise victor Klaus Iohannis wins in Romanian presidential election
- 3European e-revolution people rise up
- 4Greece: Tomb and skeleton discovered at ancient Amphipolis – Pictures
- 5Romanian Prime Minister concedes defeat to Iohannis in presidential election
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Sweden becomes first EU country to recognise the Palestinian State | euronews, world news
- 3Italy swamped by flash floods | euronews, world news
- 4Back to School for Romania’s new First Lady | euronews, world news
- 5Turkish president Erdogan unveils his new palace of a thousand rooms | euronews, world news
- 6India PM Modi appoints Yoga minister | euronews, world news
- 7[Live] Rosetta’s Philae lands on comet 67P and enters the history books | euronews, world news
- 8Vladimir Putin most powerful man in the world – Forbes | euronews, world news
- 9European e-revolution people rise up | euronews, world news
- 10International tv news | euronews: European and International tv news bulletin
- 11Revealed: Europe’s capital cities where it’s hardest to be a foreigner | euronews, world news
- 12Where is the best place in Europe for women? | euronews, world news
- 13Nadia Comaneci: gymnast of perfection and defector | euronews, the global conversation
- 14Putin plans to leave G20 talks early amid Ukraine pressure | euronews, world news
- 15Philippe Starck: ‘Words like longevity and legacy have become almost avant-garde’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 16US says ISIL makes $1 million-a-day selling oil – even to enemies | euronews, world news
- 17International news | euronews, latest international news
- 18Syria: Islamic extremists pledge to press ahead with battle for Kobani | euronews, world news
- 19World news video | euronews the latest world news online | breaking world news video
- 20US-Iranian reporter to be freed or pardoned ‘in less than a month’ | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 21:17 CET Palestinian Authority must face U.S. trial over terror support -…
- 20:55 CET Some of U.S. troops already authorized for Iraq may go soon -…
- 20:44 CET Egypt’s Sisi says pardon for Al Jazeera journalists ‘being…
- 20:43 CET French finance minister says prospect of EU fines ‘not an issue’
- 20:35 CET Russia says North Korea ready for renewal of nuclear talks
- 20:21 CET Exclusive – U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine…
- 20:14 CET Mali, rebels start third round of peace talks
- 19:56 CET Mexico’s president, under pressure over mansion, discloses $3…