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16,000 people arrested in Turkey as part of fight against Gulen movement

Türkiye Materials 9 August 2016 11:35
In Turkey, 16,000 people have been arrested as a part of the fight against the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organizing the military coup attempt in the country.
16,000 people arrested in Turkey as part of fight against Gulen movement

Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 9

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

In Turkey, 16,000 people have been arrested as a part of the fight against the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organizing the military coup attempt in the country, said Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag in his interview with Anadolu Agency.

Bozdag said that the number of detainees reaches 6,000.

The fight against the Gulen movement will continue in Turkey, noted the minister.

Istanbul court adopted a decision on Aug. 4 to arrest Fethullah Gulen.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people excluding the coup plotters and over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

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