Conflict & Justice

Killing of Kurds in Paris 'an Assassination'

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A tribute to assassinated PKK activist, Sakine Cansiz, at the Kurdish cultural centre in Paris. (Photo: REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Three Kurdish women were murdered in Paris last night, execution style.

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The French Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, described it as an assassination.

All were activists for the PKK, the militant group that's long fought for Kurdish rights in Turkey.

One was a PKK co-founder, a woman called Sakine Cansiz.

The US and Turkey call the PKK a terrorist group.

The killings come at a sensitive time, says Newsweek's Paris Bureau Chief, Christopher Dickey.

"Only yesterday it was announced," says Dickey, that the main leader of the PKK, "had reached an agreement (with Turkey) for a roadmap to end the 30-year-old insurgency."

Paris has "a long, grim tradition of murder linked to the Middle East," Dickey adds.