Paris shooting: Who is the suspect? Why he shot at Kurdish cultural center? Motive explained


Paris shooting: Who is the suspect? Why he shot at Kurdish cultural center? Motive explained

A suspect in the Parisian Kurdish center shooting that left 3 dead has been detained. Learn more about Paris shooting and this case in detail.

Paris shooting: Who is the suspect?

According to authorities, three persons were killed and three others were injured in a gunshot on Friday that was directed at a Kurdish cultural center in a busy Paris district. A 69-year-old suspect was injured and taken into custody.

A murder and attempted murder investigation have been launched by the Paris prosecutor’s office. According to the Paris prosecutor, the suspect was recently freed from prison after fighting migrants who were sleeping in tents, and police are looking into the possibility that the shooting may have had a racist motivation.

Members of the Kurdish community in Paris who were shocked by the massacre claimed that police had just alerted them to threats against Kurdish targets, and they demanded justice.

The attack, which occurred while Paris is bustling with holiday activities before the Christmas weekend, severely alarmed locals and business owners nearby.

What happened in the Kurdish cultural center?

The shooting took place at a Kurdish cultural center, as well as a nearby restaurant and hair salon, according to Alexandra Cordebard, the mayor of the 10th arrondissement. She told reporters there that it was still unknown what the “true motivation” behind the shooting was.

As she spoke, a group of people nearby screamed “Erdogan, terrorist” and “Turkish state, assassin” about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan.

A nearby construction worker saw the attacker proceed to the cultural center, the restaurant, and then the hairdresser in that order.

The construction worker claimed to have witnessed the attacker harm three individuals before being stopped by two bystanders.

The employee, who spoke anonymously out of concern for his safety, described the assailant as being silent and composed while brandishing a small-caliber revolver.

In the 10th arrondissement of the French capital, close to the Gare de l’Est railway station, on a bustling street with stores and restaurants, police blocked off the area. People were advised to avoid the area of the Paris police force.

What was the suspect’s motive?

Eyewitness Ibrahim Saydo Aydogan was there. On the phone, he informed Rudaw that the suspect had been taken into custody when he got to the scene of the event.

The culprit was first detained by Kurdish men, according to the Kurdish man, before being turned over to the police. Aydogan stated that all of the victims are “activists for the Kurdish cause.” Aveen and Mir Parwar were two among the deceased, according to him.

According to the eyewitness, every victim is a native of the Kurdish region of Turkey (Northern Kurdistan). The incident’s alleged racist motivation will reportedly be looked at, according to the Paris prosecutor. Following the fatal occurrence, there were clashes between a group of Kurdish demonstrators and the police.

Paris Prosecutor Laure Beccuau’s statement

Three victims of the gunshot have died, one is in critical condition, and two others are being treated in hospitals for less serious wounds, according to Paris Prosecutor Laure Beccuau. According to her, the attacker also sustained facial injuries. Despite being in touch with investigators, she claimed that anti-terrorism prosecutors have not yet shown any evidence of a terrorist motive.

The attack on migrants in tents in eastern Paris in 2021 and a recent conviction in another instance in a Paris neighborhood, according to the prosecutor, were two of the suspect’s at least two earlier run-ins with the law. She didn’t go into specifics about either situation.

Yann Monzi of the assistance organization Utopia 54 stated that during the attack on the migrants, the suspect brandished a sabre and injured a few persons in a temporary camp. Both he and the Kurds who had gathered at the scene of the shooting on Friday bemoaned the suspect’s recent release.

The Kurds were the target, according to activist Murat Roni, who frequently visits the cultural center. He compared it to the Kurdish embassy in Paris and described it as “a house where all Kurds meet together” for gatherings, political discourse, and cultural events.

He declared following Friday’s shooting, “We do not at all feel protected in Paris. We don’t believe that the French legal system is protecting us.

Three female Kurdish activists were found shot to death in 2013 at a Kurdish center in Paris, one of them was Sakine Cansiz, the PKK’s founder. Although the Turkish secret service was under suspicion, a Turkish citizen was charged with their murder. The Turkish army has been engaged in combat with PKK-affiliated Kurdish insurgents in both northern Iraq and southeast Turkey. The Turkish military has also lately carried out several artillery and airstrikes against terrorist Syrian Kurdish targets in northern Syria.

Since 1984, the PKK has commanded an armed insurgency against the Turkish state; it is regarded as a terrorist organization in Turkey, Europe, and the United States. Following a wave of violent assaults by Islamic extremists in 2015–2016, France is still on high alert for acts of terrorism.



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