Tragedy in Paris: Three Killed in Racist Attack at Kurdish Cultural Centre

Friday, a 69-year-old white male suspect launched an attack at a kurdish cultural centre and a restaurant in paris, france, killing three people and injuring three others. the suspect, a retired train driver, was later arrested and has since been charged with murder and attempted murder, as well as acting with a racist motive. he had a history of weapons offences and had been released on bail just days before the assault.
when the attack occurred on friday, witnesses reported that the tall, white, elderly suspect shot dead two men and a woman. the attack took place at the ahmet-kaya kurdish centre, a nearby restaurant, and a hairdresser, before the suspect was apprehended without a fight. after the attack, protesters attempted to break through a security cordon and police used tear gas in response.
the attack was motivated by racism, according to the suspect. he was found with a box of at least 25 cartridges and “two or three” loaded magazines, and reportedly said afterwards that he was a racist who hated foreigners. the attack has traumatized the kurdish community, who are calling for better protection from the french authorities. the attack also came almost 10 years after the murder of three kurdish women activists in the french capital, which remain unsolved.

By Evey Lovelace

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