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    36 officials of Turkey's Finance Ministry were arrested for alleged links with Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara considers responsible for the recent coup attempt, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish police detained 36 officials from the country's Finance Ministry over alleged connection to the foiled July coup, local media reported Saturday.

    The arrested finance officials are suspected of ties to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara considers responsible for the recent coup attempt, the Turkish Minute outlet reported.

    Turkey declared a state of emergency after the July 15 coup attempt. Thousands of military personnel, officials and members of the opposition were detained or laid off in a purge that followed, drawing criticism from Ankara's allies in Europe.

    Ankara has also repeatedly questioned the United States' failure to extradite the US-based Gulen to Turkey.


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