Turkish Interior Ministry: 8,777 police, other officials suspended

Turkey's Interior Ministry says 8,777 people have been removed from their posts, including 7,899 members of the police and security forces, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.

The number excludes members of the military. On Sunday, officials said nearly 3,000 soldiers were also detained.

Included in the fresh numbers from the Interior Ministry are 614 members of the gendarmerie as well as local political leaders, including one provincial governor.

Last update: Mon, 18/07/2016 - 11:16

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