Kurdish Women Killed in Paris

    Members of the Kurdish community in France protest on January 10, 2013, near the Kurdish Institute in Paris where three Kurdish women were found killed with a gunshot to the head. The bodies of the women were found shortly before 2:00 am (0100 GMT) inside the building in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital. One of the women was 32-year-old Fidan Dogan who worked in the institute's information centre, according to its director, Leon Edart. The identities of the other two women, who were reportedly Kurdish activists but did not work at the Institute, were not immediately available. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON        (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Paris' Kurdish community protest killings. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty)

    Three Kurdish women were found shot to death in Paris early Thursday morning. Among the dead, sources said, was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group fighting for Kurdish autonomy, and another victim was reported to be the Paris representative of the Brussels-based Kurdistan National Congress. The bodies were found at the Information Center of Kurdistan in the city center, and police have launched a murder investigation. Police and other sources said the women were likely killed overnight—and the slayings are reportedly politically motivated. The PKK, designated a terrorist group by the U.S., Turkey, and the European Union, has been engaged in a 28-year war for independence from Turkey—and the Turkish government recently acknowledged holding talks with the organization’s jailed leader.

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