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Turkish police raid science council, many detained, in post-coup purge - NTV

Reuters , Wednesday 3 Aug 2016
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, walks to greet people gathering outside of the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, early Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.Photo:AP
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Turkish police raided the offices of the national science research council on Wednesday, broadcaster NTV said, widening the investigation into followers of the U.S.-based cleric suspected of masterminding last month's coup attempt.

Many people were detained in the raid of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Tubitak), NTV said.

Turkey's government says the July 15 coup attempt was orchestrated by followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999. Gulen denies the charge and has condemned the coup.

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