Apparent Execution in Paris as 3 Kurd Activists Shot
One victim is top militant Sakine Cansiz
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2013 7:10 AM CST
Kurdish activists gather outside a building where three Kurdish women were shot dead, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

(Newser) – Three Kurdish women were found dead at a Paris pro-Kurdish center early today, and France's interior minister is calling it an execution. The three activists were shot; local media reported they were shot in the head, but police would not confirm that, the AP reports. One of the victims is Sakine Cansiz, a co-founder of militant separatist group Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK. The other two victims are Fidan Dogan, who worked in the Kurdish Institute information center and was a Kurdistan National Congress representative, and activist Leyla Soylemez.

The three were last seen inside the building yesterday afternoon; police forced their way inside after a member of the Kurdish community found the doors locked, the BBC reports. "There is no doubt this was politically motivated," another employee of the institute says, according to Reuters. Turkey and the PKK have been in conflict since 1984, as the PKK demands autonomy for Kurds in Turkey, but talks recently started between Turkey and imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. A Turkish official says the murders appeared to be the result of "an internal feud" within the militant group.

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reallybig
Jan 10, 2013 10:40 AM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD .... they'd be alive today if they were armed with guns. --------- REALLY?
homer57
Jan 10, 2013 10:13 AM CST
This IS Exactly why God separated the races and demanded that they be SEGREGATED abd separated from one and the other...Integration always leave to TROUBLE and NEVER solves anything! All Muslims and turkeys and etc NEED to be in their own place and stay in their own country! Of Course Muslims are at their peace loving ways again!!
right2dave
Jan 10, 2013 7:19 AM CST
"There is no doubt this was politically motivated,"Ya think?