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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) condemned the latest attack that killed three people at a Kurdish cultural centre and nearby Kurdish cafe in French capital Paris.
A gunman on Dec. 23 killed three people, who were all Kurdish, at Ahmet Kaya Kurdish Cultural Center on Rue d'Enghien, according to reporting by Reuters.
French President Emmanuel Macron said France's Kurdish community had been the target of a heinous attack. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the suspected assailant had clearly wanted to target foreigners.
HDP’s Europe branch said on Twitter that they “can guess who is the instigators of this deadly attack.”
The party called for solidarity with Kurdish people in Europe.
According to latest news of the French BFMTV, two murdered in the attack on the Ahmet Kaya Kurdish Cultural Center in Paris. Several people injured.— HDP Europe (@HDP_Europe) December 23, 2022
We can guess who is the instigators of this deadly attack.
We urgently call for solidarity with Kurdish people in Europe. pic.twitter.com/GsdoXmOTwm
Jailed former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş also condemned the attack and said “It is the responsibility of the French authorities to uncover all aspects of the attack,” in Turkish and French languages.
Indigné par l’attaque perpétrée au Centre culturel kurde Ahmet Kaya à Paris.— Selahattin Demirtaş (@hdpdemirtas) December 23, 2022
Condoléances aux proches des victimes et à notre peuple.
Il est de la responsabilité des autorités françaises de faire la lumière sur tous les aspects de cet attentat.Nous y veillerons. @EmmanuelMacron
French authorities said they had arrested a 69-year-old man, who Paris prosecutor Laure Beccuau said had recently been freed from detention while awaiting trial for a sabre attack on a migrant camp in Paris a year ago. He was convicted in June of committing violent acts with a weapon in 2016, and had lodged an appeal.
Salih Azad, a prominent figure from the Kurdish community in Marseille, said he knew one of the victims, a 26-year-old woman who had lived in Paris for several years.
"She was well integrated socially and culturally," he said.