Hundreds of Kurds have gathered to protest the killings of three women activists in Paris, who were the victims of a politically-motivated "execution", according to France's interior minister.

The three women, including Sakine Cansiz, a founding member of the PKK, or Kurdish Workers Party, were killed at a Kurdish Centre in Paris. The European Union, the US and Turkey consider the PKK a terrorist organisation.

It was not immediately clear who killed the women. AP reported that French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who visited the pro-Kurdish centre in Paris where the bodies were found, said the deaths were "without doubt an execution" and a "totally intolerable act".

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Kurdish people react as the bodies of the women are taken out of the building in Paris

The conflict between the PKK and Turkish troops has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 1984, sparked by Kurdish rebels seeking independence.

French police have not yet made any arrests and would not confirm how the women were killed, but it is believed they were shot in the head, RTL radio reported.

Kurdish campaign groups and youth activists called on Kurds to "come to Paris" to protest.

Around 140,000 Kurds live in France, and many have gathered outside the centre in Paris, with flags and placards, one of which said "Turkey Murders - Hollande Is Complicit".

Several hundreds Turkish Kurds gathered to protest the killings in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir.

Kurdish youth campaign site, jeunessekurde.fr, identified the other two women killed as Fidan Dogan, who reportedly was chief of the information centre, and the third as Leyla Soylemez, a junior activist.

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Several hundred Turkish Kurds, including lawmakers Sebahat Tuncel, left, and Gultan Kisanak, centre, gather to protest the killings

Media, politicians and campaigners have variously pinned blame on the Turkish government and on a potential internal assassination in the PKK.

Police and firemen reached the bodies about 1:30 am on Thursday, a police official told The Associated Press.

Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of a Kurdish political party in Turkey's parliament, said in a statement: "We want it to be known that that these assassinations which were carried out in the busiest area of Paris cannot be covered up."

Gultan Kisanak, a joint leader of the Kurdish political Party, Peace and Democracy Party, paid tribute to Cansiz: "She was a hero and true revolutionary who would not even waste a minute for the good of the Kurdish women.

"This is a trap placed on the path to a solution of the Kurdish problem, it is a political assassination.

"How dare they present the murder of a revolutionary on internal strife without any evidence?"

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This combination photo provided by the Kurdish Cultural centre in Paris shows the three victims Fidan Dogan, left, Sakine Cansiz, center, and Leyla Soylemez

Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Programme Director John Dalhuisen said in a statement: “There must be justice for these apparently political killings – no stone must be left unturned in the investigation by the French authorities.

“The Turkish authorities must cooperate fully in the investigation to bring those responsible to justice.

“Both sides must ensure that the killings do not derail negotiations aimed at ending the decades long conflict and on-going human rights abuses.”

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  • One of the three bodies of the killed Kurdish women is taken out of the building in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2013. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an 'execution'. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Several hundreds Turkish Kurds gather to protest the killings of three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984 in Paris, France, in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The three women were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, French Interior minister Manuel Valls said Thursday.(AP Photo)

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    Kurdish lawmaker Gultan Kisanak addresses several hundreds Turkish Kurds gathered to protest the killings of three Kurdish women, in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The three women were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, French Interior minister Manuel Valls said Thursday. (AP Photo)

  • Sebahat Tuncel, Gultan Kisanak,

    Several hundreds Turkish Kurds, including lawmakers Sebahat Tuncel, left, and Gultan Kisanak, center, gather to protest the killings of three Kurdish women in Paris, France, in southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The three women were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, French Interior minister Manuel Valls said Thursday. (AP Photo)

  • A man reacts next to portrait of Sakine Cansizt inside the Kurdish cultural center in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Three Kurdish women, including Sakine Cansiz one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Men react inside the Kurdish cultural center in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Three Kurdish women including Sakine Cansiz one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Women react next to a portrait of Fidan Dogan inside the Kurdish cultural center in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Three Kurdish women, including Fidan Dogan and Sakine Cansiz, who was one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984 were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Women react inside the Kurdish cultural center in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Three Kurdish women including Sakine Cansiz, one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Women react inside the Kurdish cultural center in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. The news prompted angry crowds of Kurds to flood into the area. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • View of the building where three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. The news prompted angry crowds of Kurds to flood into the area. It was not immediately clear who killed the women, who belonged to the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, a group that Turkey and its Western allies, including the United States and the European Union, consider a terrorist organization. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • View of the building where three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. The news prompted angry crowds of Kurds to flood into the area. It was not immediately clear who killed the women, who belonged to the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, a group that Turkey and its Western allies, including the United States and the European Union, consider a terrorist organization. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

  • Women react inside the Kurdish cultural center in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Three Kurdish women, including Sakine Cansiz one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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    This undated and unlocated photo provided Thursday, Jan.10, 2013 by the Kurdish Cultural center in Paris shows Sakine Cansiz, founding member of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. Three Kurdish women, including Cansiz, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. (AP Photo/ Kurdish Cultural Center)

  • Kurdish people react in front of the building where three Kurdish women were killed in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Kurdish people react in front of the building where three Kurdish women were killed in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Kurdish people react in front of the building where three Kurdish women were killed in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Kurdish people react in front of the building where three Kurdish women were killed in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Kurdish people react as three bodies of the killed Kurdish women are taken out of the building in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Kurdish people react as three bodies of the killed Kurdish women are taken out of the building in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • One of the three bodies of the killed Kurdish women is taken out of the building in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • One of the three bodies of the killed Kurdish women is taken out of the building in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • One of the three bodies of the killed Kurdish women is taken out of the building in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • One of the three bodies of the killed Kurdish women is taken out of the building in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • One of the three bodies of the killed Kurdish women is taken out of the building in Paris, Thursday Jan. 10, 2012. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • Kurdish activists gather outside a building where three Kurdish women were shot dead, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

  • Kurdish activists gather outside a building where three Kurdish women were shot dead, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

  • Kurdish activists gather outside a building where three Kurdish women were shot dead, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

  • French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, left, visits the scene where three Kurdish women were shot dead, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

  • French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, center, talks with unidentified Kurdish activists after visiting the scene where three Kurdish women were shot dead, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Police say three Kurdish women have been shot dead at a pro-Kurdish centre in Paris in what the French interior minister is calling an execution. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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    Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Parliamentarian Sabahat Tuncel (R) mourns for the three Kurdish activists killed in Paris during a demonstration on January 10, 2013, in Diyarbakir. Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan, and Leyla Soylemez members of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) have been shot dead on January 9, 2013 in Paris in what France's interior minister dubbed an 'assassination'. The women were found in the early hours with gunshot wounds to the head inside a Kurdish information centre in the 10th district of the French capital, police and the centre's director said. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls visited the scene of the crime and described the killings as 'assassinations'. The murders came after Turkish media reported on January 9 that the Turkish government and jailed Kurd rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan had agreed on a roadmap to end a three-decade-old insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)