PKK murders internal conflict, says French intelligence

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet – 20.1.2013 – Three Kurdish women gunned down on Jan. 9 in Paris were killed as the result of an internal conflict in the organization, according to the French intelligence agency. Ankara authorities received official notification from French intelligence hinting toward an internal cause as the reason for the assassinations of Sakine Cansız, one of the founders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, along with Leyla Söylemez and Fidan Doğan.

French officials were reportedly already aware of the tensions between different sections of the PKK before the killing occurred, Doğan news agency reported. Foreign powers may have also fueled such tensions, using frustrated PKK members to commit the murders, according to authorities.

Custody extended for detainees in Paris

AFP 20.1.2013 – – Police sources confirmed two men remain in custody. Two men who were arrested on Thursday at midday in the investigation on the murder of three Kurdish activists in Paris January 9, will be kept under arrest.