Kurdish victims of the mass shooting in Paris carried out by a ‘far right’ gunman who has been identified as an exiled singer and women’s activist

THREE Kurdish refugees have been identified as victims of a horrific mass shooting in Paris carried out by a racist gunman.

William M, 69, gunned down two men and a woman and injured at least three others in the French capital on Friday, authorities say.

The popular Kurdish singer Mir Perwer was shot dead in a bloodbath in Paris

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The popular Kurdish singer Mir Perwer was shot dead in a bloodbath in ParisCredit: Peter Allen
Emine Kara, leader of the Kurdish women's movement in France, was also killed

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Emine Kara, leader of the Kurdish women’s movement in France, was also killedCredit: Peter Allen
Abdullah Kizil was killed north of Paris by suspected gunman William M

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Abdullah Kizil was killed north of Paris by suspected gunman William MCredit: Peter Allen
Footage appears to show the gunman stumbling into a hair salon before his arrest

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Footage appears to show the gunman stumbling into a hair salon before his arrest
After the mass shooting, riots broke out in the streets of Paris

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After the mass shooting, riots broke out in the streets of ParisPhoto credit: AFP
Dramatic images showed burning barricades in the streets - just minutes from the Eurostar terminal Gare du Nord

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Dramatic images showed burning barricades in the streets – just minutes from the Eurostar terminal Gare du NordPhoto credit: Rex

The woman who was shot was identified as Emine Kara – the leader of the Kurdish women’s movement in France.

She was reportedly denied asylum in the country earlier this year.

Mir Perwer, a popular Kurdish singer living in exile in France, was also shot dead along with Abdullah Kizil.

The three victims were identified by the European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress, based in Belgium.

A spokesman described them as “those who died as martyrs in the attack on the Kurdish cultural center in Paris”.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the gunman was “obviously targeting foreigners”.

And French President Emmanuel Macron said the country’s Kurds had been the target of a “vile” attack.

He tweeted: “Thoughts of the victims, those struggling to survive, their families and loved ones.”

Riots broke out in Paris after the shooting, with at least 11 police officers injured in the violence.

Dramatic images showed burning barricades in the streets – just minutes from the Eurostar terminal Gare du Nord.

Riot police fired tear gas into the crowd while protesters hurled rockets at police lines.

Members of the Kurdish community had previously gathered at the scene of the shooting to mourn.

Fires were set and barricades erected by protesters as the city erupted in anger.

Emergency services were rushed to north Paris just after 12pm on Friday after at least eight gunshots were reportedly heard.

The killer is believed to be a 69-year-old retired train driver known only as William M.

The shooter is a suspected right-wing extremist who was released from prison days earlier for attacking two migrants with a saber sword.

The shooting took place near a Kurdish cultural center on Rue d’Enghien in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital.

It is just minutes from the Gare du Nord train station, where millions of Brits arrive every year on the Eurostar from Kings Cross.

The district north of Paris has a large Kurdish population.

One investigator said: “He was armed with a gun and was deliberately aiming at an area full of immigrants, including the newcomers who were sleeping outdoors.

“He threatened people in a hairdresser, a restaurant and people near the Kurdish cultural center Ahmet-Kaya. He seemed determined to kill as many people as possible.”

The alleged shooter was convicted of armed violence by a court in the multicultural Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis in 2016, but appealed.

A year later he was convicted of illegal gun possession.

A shopkeeper near the scene of the shooting said she heard seven or eight gunshots.

“It was total panic,” she said. “We locked ourselves in.”

A source close to the scene said: “A pensioner entered the building and apparently started shooting at random.

“The police were called and arrested him while at the same time confiscating his gun.”

A hero cop was able to wrestle the gun out of the hands of the suspected killer in a hair salon to stop the horror rampage.

Three teenagers died in a tragedy before Christmas, a haunting image revealed
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In 2013, three Kurdish activists, including Sakine Cansiz, a founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, were shot dead in a nearby Kurdish center in Paris.

A Turkish national was accused of killing her.

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