France: Eleven Kurds to be tried for attacks on Turks

French prosecutors have sent 11 young Kurds for trial over a series of fire bomb attacks on Turkish targets in France that injured several people, some seriously, sources close to the case said Tuesday.

They are all suspected of being sympathisers of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The suspects, most of them in their early 20s, are accused of having carried out molotov cocktail attacks on two Turkish cafes in the southwest city of Bordeaux, and in Marseille on the southern Mediterranean coast in March 2007.

They are thought to have been behind a similar attack against a Turkish cultural association in Bordeaux later the same month.

Two of the suspects were arrested in April 2007 shortly after another fire bomb attack in Bordeaux on a cafe popular with the Turkish community. The pair were allegedly carrying a petrol-soaked bag.

A number of people were injured in these attacks, some of whom had suffered serious burns.


Source: Expatica (English)

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