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Coup row: Turkey expels 73 more personnel from armed forces

AP
Published Sep 7, 2016, 1:59 pm IST
Updated Sep 7, 2016, 1:59 pm IST
It's estimated that more than 5,000 military personnel have so far been discharged since the coup, including 151 generals and admirals.
The announcement comes after last week's dismissal of 820 military personnel, of whom 648 were jailed. (Photo: AP)
 The announcement comes after last week's dismissal of 820 military personnel, of whom 648 were jailed. (Photo: AP)

Istanbul: Turkey says it has expelled 73 more personnel from its armed forces as part of an ongoing effort to rid the military of what it says are followers of the alleged mastermind of the failed July 15 coup.

The Turkish Ministry of Defence said on its official Twitter account on Wednesday that the dismissals have strengthened the military "as it gets rid of traitor FETO," a reference to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of being behind the coup attempt. Gulen denies this.

 

The announcement comes after last week's dismissal of 820 military personnel, of whom 648 were jailed. It's estimated that more than 5,000 military personnel have so far been discharged since the coup, including 151 generals and admirals.

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