3 Killed in Paris Kurdish Cultural Centre

A member of Kurdish community kneels on the ground as he is detained during clashes stands with police officers near the crime scene where a shooting took place in Paris, Dec. 23, 2022.

Three people were killed, and several others wounded in central Paris Friday, when a man opened fire near a Kurdish cultural center and other businesses. Kurdish community members are calling it a terrorist attack. Investigators are considering whether there was a racist motive to the shooting.

Kurdish community shouted slogans against the Turkish government, and police fired tear gas to disperse the agitated crowd and retained protestors.

Police have arrested the alleged shooter, a 69-year-old man. The Paris prosecutor’s office says the man was recently released from prison for attacking a migrant camp a year ago. Skirmishes erupted in the bustling neighborhood a few hours after the attack.

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