Turkey suspends 12,800 police, tightening clampdown after failed coup

October 4, 2016 8:36 AM

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ANKARA/ISTANBUL Hours after announcing a three-month extension of a state of emergency, Turkey suspended 12,801 police officers on Tuesday, saying they had suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for orchestrating July's failed coup.

In a statement, Turkey's national police headquarters said 2,523 of those suspended were police chiefs. The overall number represents more than 5 percent of Turkey's entire police force.

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