Turkey blames internal feud as France hunts killers of three Kurd activists

January 12, 2013 - 1:11:43 am

PARIS: Police yesterday hunted the assassins of three Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris as Turkey said an internal feud in the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was most likely behind the slayings. The PKK, meanwhile, warned that it would hold France responsible if the killers are not quickly found, as Ankara asked for increased security to safeguard its missions in France. French judicial sources said the three female activists, including founding PKK member Sakine Cansiz, were each shot at least three times in the head, giving further credence to the theory of an execution-style hit. Autopsies on the bodies revealed that one of the women had been shot four times in the head and the other two shot three times, the sources said.

Russia alarmed over delay on Iran N-talks 


MOSCOW/VIENNA: Russia voiced alarm yesterday at delays in agreeing new nuclear talks between world powers and Iran and the UN atomic watchdog chief said he was not optimistic ahead of his inspectors’ separate visit to Tehran next week. Iran said last week it had agreed to resume negotiations in January with the six major powers. But Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said yesterday that there was no final agreement on when or where a meeting would take place. “This alarms us, because the pause has dragged on,” the Interfax news agency quoted Ryabkov, who is the Russian negotiator, as saying. 

Tunisians set fire to police station


TUNIS: Hundreds of Tunisian protesters demanding jobs and the reopening of a border crossing with Libya set fire to a police station and cars, and police used teargas and fired shots into the air to disperse them yesterday, a witness said. Protesters in Ben Guerdane want the Ras Jedir crossing reopened so that trade with Libya, on which most of the population depend, can start again. Tunisian and Libyan authorities opened the crossing briefly on Thursday but shut it because of the security threat. 

Israeli fire kills Palestinian in Gaza


GAZA CITY: Israeli army gunfire killed one Palestinian and wounded another in the northern Gaza Strip yesterday. The two men, one a 20-year-old farmer, were hit by live fire east of Jabaliya and near the Israeli border. The Israeli army declined to make any immediate comment on the incident.