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Over 40,000 Detained in Turkey Following Military Coup Attempt

© REUTERS / Kenan GurbuzTurkish soldiers search for missing military personnel suspected of being involved in the coup (File)
Turkish soldiers search for missing military personnel suspected of being involved in the coup  (File) - Sputnik International
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Over 40,000 people were detained in Turkey following July 15 military coup attempt, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country, which was suppressed the next day.

A file photo showing Turkish police officers detain a Turkish soldier who allegedly took part in a military coup as they are leaving in a bus the courthouse at Bakirkoy district in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Ankara believes that US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen and his supporters were seeking to overthrow the current government. The Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO) is designated as a terrorist organization by Ankara.

"40,029 detained, 20,355 remanded following July 15 coup attempt," Yildirim said, as quoted by Anadolu news agency.

Gulen, who has been living in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied the allegations and condemned the attempted coup.

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