12,800 police officers suspended In Turkey; more than 81,000 dismissed from various Turkish institutions
PUBLISHED Tue, October 04, 2016 - 11:54am EDT
According to news agency Anadolu, more than 12,000 police officers have been suspended for alleged links to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in Turkey. The suspensions come nearly three months after a coup attempt in the country. The number of officers suspended amounts to about 18 percent of the police force. Turkey is purging any institutions with ties to Gulen. The city of Ankara blames the reclusive cleric of masterminding the failed coup. More than 81,000 people were dismissed from various Turkish institutions in the immediate aftermath. The July 15th uprising, left 270 people dead and forced the country to declare a state of emergency.
Istanbul's governor says leading coup figure, a brigadier general, has been detained but some clashes continue, according to the Daily Sabah. General Umit Dundar has been appointed acting Chief of the General Staff as General Akar's status remains unclear after hostage-taking. Meanwhile, photojournalist Mustafa Cambaz was shot and killed during overnight coup protests, Turkish officials tell Daily Sabah. Turkish forces have shot down a military helicopter used by rogue soldiers to attack TURKSAT satellite agency, according to AA, a state-run news agency . Fighter jets bombed two tanks with rogue soldiers outside presidential palace in Ankara, Daily Sabah reports. 336 people have been arrested, so far, in connection with an overnight coup attempt, justice minister says.