Barely days after a failed military hostile takeover that broke out into deadly violence, nearly 8,000 police officers have been suspended on alleged suspicion of having links to the coup attempt, Turkish official said.
This is coming on the heels of an earlier avowal by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to show no mercy by purging the country’s security forces of the “virus” that caused the revolt to overthrow his government.
It was also gathered that about 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including generals, have been detained.
Among the arrested are 103 generals and admirals, a third of the general-rank command of the Turkish military, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.
A total of 8,777 officers from the Turkish Ministry of Interior have been removed from office, Anadolu reported, adding that the majority were police officers.
The arrests include Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, commander of the Incirlik Air Base, according to the Turkish President’s office.
Meanwhile, the Turkish government claims cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the plot.
On his part, Mr Gulen, who currently resides in the United States and strongly denies any involvement.