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Turkey suspends 900 police officers from Ankara force

Turkey’s stripped public-sector employees of their responsibilities since the attempted coup.

FILE: People take cover during clashes near the Bosphorus bridge as Turkish military clash with people at the entrance to the bridge in Istanbul.Picture: AFP.

TURKEY - Turkey has suspended 900 police officers in the capital Ankara on suspicion they have links with an Islamic movement headed by US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, the government says masterminded a failed coup, an official said on condition of anonymity.

Turkey has stripped tens of thousands of public-sector employees of their responsibilities since a 15 July attempt by a faction within the military to overthrow the government. Thousands more have been detained and face prosecution.

Officials in the country have confirmed a further 14 generals remain in detention.

More than 200 people were killed in the attempted overthrow on Friday night, which has triggered a wide-ranging purge of state institutions.

(Additional reporting by Reuters)

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