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PARIS — The three Kurdish women were murdered, two with bullets to the head, the third with a shot to the stomach. It was a carefully planned killing in a nondescript building in central Paris.
One of the dead women was a founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party — or P.K.K. — a Kurdish separatist group that has waged a guerrilla war against Turkey since 1984.
Ms. Thibault-Lecuivre said the antiterrorism department of the prosecutor’s office would oversee the investigation.
The P.K.K. has been fighting the Turkish authorities for almost three decades to demand greater autonomy. The conflict, in which an estimated 40,000 people have been killed, is fueled by competing notions of national identity that are rooted in the founding of modern Turkey on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923. Kurds account for about 15 million of Turkey’s 74 million people.
and yet they are spread out like a people without a nation, persecuted everywhere they are.
G.S. Reynolds believes that the term Kurd is most likely related to the ancient term Qardu. The common root of Kurd and Qardu is first mentioned in a Sumerian tablet from the third millennium BC as the "land of Kar-da."