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Two more detained in north in Turkish army purge

File photo: Turkish military parade in northern Nicosia

Two more people were reportedly arrested on Monday in the north after nine Turkish army officers were detained on Sunday as part of ongoing operations by Ankara against US-based Erdogan critic Fetullah Gulen, bringing the total to 11.

According to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi the arrested men were taken to Ankara by two military helicopters accompanied by 13 members of Turkish military police while their homes and offices were searched.

The publication reported three colonels, one lieutenant colonel and a major, two captains, two lieutenants and two sergeants were detained.

Reports say the arrested men cooperated with Fetullah Gulen this year.

According to Turkey’s government Gulen orchestrated the failed coup against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016 which left almost 250 people dead and over 2,000 injured.

Turkey accuses Gulen and his network of followers, which it terms the Gulenist Terror Organisation (FETO), of being behind the July 15 coup attempt. Gulen denies the allegations.

Some 120,000 people have been suspended or dismissed since the coup, although thousands of them have since been restored to their posts. More than 41,000 have been jailed pending trial out of 100,000 who have faced investigation.

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