Turkey detains 40 soldiers, issues warrants for 47 more in coup probe

October 20, 2016 09:55

ISTANBUL - Turkey detained 40 soldiers from an air base in the central Anatolian city of Konya as part of investigations into July's failed military coup, Turkish media outlets said on Thursday.

Detention warrants had been issued for 47 more soldiers from Konya, the private Dogan news agency said, in what was the third wave of action against suspected followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government blames for masterminding the coup attempt.

More than 32,000 people are in jail and 100,000, including top military figures, have been dismissed from jobs in the security and civil services for their alleged links to Gulen's network. The cleric denies involvement in the putsch.

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