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Turkey suspends over 9,000 police officers for alleged Gulen links

Turkey's police force today said it was suspending over 9,000 police officers over alleged links to the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.

Published: 27th April 2017 03:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th April 2017 03:14 AM   |  A+A-

Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who is living in exile in Pennsylvania. (AP)

By AFP

ISTANBUL: Turkey's police force today said it was suspending over 9,000 police officers over alleged links to the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for the July 15 failed coup.

The 9,103 police officers were being suspended on suspicion of links or contacts to Gulen's group, on the grounds of national security, the police force said in a statement on its website.

Earlier, the authorities detained over 1,000 people in the latest raids on those suspected of links to Gulen.



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