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Mystery abounds after three Kurdish woman are killed execution style behind a locked door in Paris as the PM points to an intra-pay off or a provocation

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French police secure the access to the entrance of the Information Center of Kurdistan in Paris, where three Kurdish
women activist, Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Söylemez, were found shot dead. AA photo

French police secure the access to the entrance of the Information Center of Kurdistan in Paris, where three Kurdish women activist, Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Söylemez, were found shot dead. AA photo

Three women, including a co-founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were found dead with gunshot wounds yesterday in central Paris, raising questions about the perpetrators as Turkey and the PKK’s jailed leader launch fresh talks to settle the Kurdish issue.

Sakine Cansız, who helped found the PKK in 1978 and who was said to be close to PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan; Brussels-based Kurdistan National Congress’ (KNK) Paris representative Fidan Doğan and Leyla Söylemez, a Kurdish activist, were found dead in the office. French police suspect the three were killed execution-style.

The women were alone in the office at noon Jan. 9, the Paris-based Kurdish Association Federation representative Leon Edart said, French daily Le Parisien reported. “They might have opened the door to their assassins,” Edart said, adding that 32-year-old Doğan worked at the information center. Their bodies were discovered early yesterday when someone tried unsuccessfully to contact them and people broke through the door after seeing bloodstains on it, discovering the bodies.

Cansız and Doğan were killed by a bullet fired through the neck up into the head, while Söylemez had injuries in the abdomen and forehead. Kurdish associations suggested that the perpetrators had fired with a silencer.

Zübeyir Aydar, known as the head of the European branch of the PKK, implied that “dark forces” linked with the Turkish deep state might be behind the killings. Speaking to the Kurdish website Rudaw, Aydar said: “The attacks are perpetrated against the talks [with Öcalan] on İmralı island. This attack was aimed against the new process.”

In an attempt to disarm the PKK, Turkish government dispatched National Intelligence Agency (MİT) chief Hakan Fidan for talks with Öcalan.

Cansız, an Alevi from Tunceli with the codename “Sara,” was thought to be in charge of the PKK’s Germany branch and was reported to be very trusted by Murat Karayılan, the de facto leader of the organization.

Doğan, a leading member of the KNK, which is close to the PKK’s European activities, was known to many in the community through her work, said Valls.

January/11/2013

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ilker avni

1/11/2013 6:21:47 PM

`When was the last time the French solved anything.

Subhan Azeri

1/11/2013 6:07:23 PM

All this mess doesn't serve peace on Earth. Maybe eliminating 3 terrorists does, but supporting and breeding them and using them for their own interests certainly don't.

Hicks LONDON

1/11/2013 2:59:59 PM

@Moshe, you said it, their are many countries that don't want to see Turkey in peace, and yes with the current situiation with Israel its not cannot be rulled out, but then if these terrorist condemed by the US & EU are openly allowed to run freely in these countries for decades, i guess they paid the ultimate price, live the the gun die by the gun...... lets hope the french police solve this.....but I guess they won't......

Hicks LONDON

1/11/2013 2:53:53 PM

Yes I agree with the comments , Why when the PKK is said to be a terrorist organisation by the EU and US are able to work and run freely & openly EU states? waggering war & propoganda against Turkey. If Turkey was to horbour Terrorist groups condemed by the US & EU their would be outcry against Turkey, sanctions etc etc, yet these Terrorists groups are able to set up offices and walk around freely in EU States & US for years even meet high ranking officials...Something not right.........

Moshe Bran

1/11/2013 2:34:12 PM

As usual why not blame Israel or the Mosad for it?

Foreigner .

1/11/2013 10:08:34 AM

That's toss something no one is suspecting: what about the possibility this was done by French / external forces that one the one side claim they do not support PKK, but on the other side they seem to have allowed for PKK members (1 of founders too!) to flourish & establish offices, and then you have the interior Minister rush into the crime scene, all whilst PKK is supposedly labeled a terrorist organization. Weren’t Germany & France accused of support to PKK?

Agnes Smith

1/11/2013 9:25:53 AM

Why when the PKK is said to be a terrorist organisation by the EU and US are these ladies able to work openly and freely in Paris? Can someone please let me know....

Ali Karp

1/11/2013 8:24:15 AM

Locked door... Someone trusted knocks on the door. The three open the door without hesitation. He/she produces a gun with silencer . Kills the three. Locks the door and leaves.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

1/11/2013 4:25:42 AM

I believe that French police has the right person for the job: Inspector Clouseau.

Murat Arun

1/11/2013 2:25:11 AM

You know what happens when you play with fire!
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