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Wednesday, February 17, 1999 Published at 14:58 GMT

World: Europe

Three Kurdish protestors killed in Berlin

Israeli security guards protecting the Israeli consulate in Berlin have opened fire on Kurdish demonstrators trying to occupy the building, killing three people.

About fifteen others were injured.

There are contradictory reports on whether the building itself has been taken over by the demonstrators.

As a result of the action, Israeli officials say all their missions in Europe are being closed temporarily.

The Kurdish demonstration was one of a series taking place in Europe and elsewhere in protest at the capture by Turkey of the Kurdish separatist leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

Israel has strongly denied speculation that its agents may have been involved.

In many cities yesterday, Kurdish activists seized Greek embassies, accusing Greece of complicity in Mr Ocalan's capture in Kenya.

In some capitals, they've withdrawn, but many protests are continuing. In Turkey itself, security has been increased following clashes between police and Kurdish demonstrators in Istanbul.

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