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At Least 6,000 Arrested in Wake of Turkey's Failed Coup - Justice Minister

© REUTERS / Murad SezerPolicemen protect a soldier from the mob after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016.
Policemen protect a soldier from the mob after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The number of arrests made by Turkish authorities in the wake of Friday's abortive coup has grown to 6,000, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Sunday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Previously, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that 2,839 coup perpetrators have been detained. A large number of judges and prosecutors have also been arrested over charges of links to the Gulen movement, headed by exiled opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been reportedly linked to the coup attempt.

"The legal process will continue <…> This will be the most extensive case ever seen in Turkey’s history," Bozdag was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.

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The justice minister vowed that all those implicit in the failed coup will pay the price as well as echoing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call on the Unites States to extradite Gulen to Turkey.

Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup took place in the country. The coup was suppressed several hours later. Over 260 people were killed and hundreds were injured during the events.

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