Turkey says suspends 12,801 police over alleged links with cleric Gulen
Turkish authorities have suspended 12,801 police officers from duty, police headquarters said on Tuesday, over their suspected links with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup in July.
Of the total removed, 2,523 were police chiefs, the statement said. In a post-coup crackdown, Turkey has already sacked or suspended more than 100,000 civil servants, teachers, judges, prosecutors and others.
(Reporting by Mert Ozkan and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Paul Tait)
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