Three Kurdish women activists have been found dead with gunshot wounds
to the head in Paris, French media say, citing police sources.

One of the women is said to be a co-founder of the militant Kurdish
separatist movement, the PKK, BBC reports.

The bodies were discovered near the Kurdish Institute of Paris.

It is not clear what the motive is. Turkey has begun talks with the
jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, aimed at convincing the
PKK to disarm.

Some 40,000 people have died in the 25-year conflict between the
Turkish state and the PKK.

"The scene [of the crime] could give rise to the idea that this
was an execution, but the investigation will have to establish the
exact circumstances of this incident," a police source told the AFP
news agency.

A Kurdish news website in France identifies one of the women as
Sakine Cansiz, a founder of the PKK, while another is said to be a
representative of the Brussels-based National Congress of Kurdistan
and the third is a young activist.