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Turkey sacks 88 Foreign Ministry staff in post-coup crackdown

28 July 2016 18:22

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry staffers have become the latest target of Ankara’s coup-related crackdown, with officials saying dozens of employees have been fired over suspected links to the recent foiled putsch.

Speaking to Turkish broadcaster NTV on Thursday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said 88 employees of the ministry were sacked on suspicion of having links to Fethullah Gulen, a US-based opposition cleric accused of being the mastermind of the botched military coup.

The dismissals were the latest in a series of purges related to the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. Reports say more than 60,000 people have been sacked, suspended or detained as part of the government’s massive clampdown on those branded as coup plotters or sympathizers.

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