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Turkey's interior min says more than 15,000 detained over failed coup

Reuters , Wednesday 27 Jul 2016
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(File Photo)Turkey's Interior Minister Efkan Ala (R) attends a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara July 22, 2014.(Reuters)
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 Turkish authorities have detained more than 15,000 people, including more than 10,000 soldiers, following the July 15-16 failed coup attempt, broadcaster CNN Turk on Wednesday cited interior minister Efkana Ala as saying.

A total of 8,113 people have been formally arrested pending trial, the broadcaster cited Ala as saying. A faction of Turkey's armed forces attempted to overthrow the government this month, but their effort failed when thousands of supporters of President Tayyip Erdogan took to the streets to defy the putsch.

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