Turkey firing spree continues as 230 more military personnel are dismissed

Published October 12th, 2016 - 02:00 GMT
A purge of state institutions has continued unabated since the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. (AFP/File)
A purge of state institutions has continued unabated since the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. (AFP/File)

Turkey’s defense ministry on Wednesday confirmed it dismissed over 230 military personnel for suspected links to Fethullah Gulen.

According to a ministry statement, from a total of 233 people fired, 201 were from Turkey’s air force and 32 from the navy.

Among this total, 158 commissioned officers, 67 sergeants and 8 specialized sergeants were relieved of duty.

Meanwhile, seven military judges and colonels were also removed, bringing the total number of dismissed officials to 3,939.

Gulen is blamed by the Turkish government for organizing the coup attempt of July 15.

Over 240 people were martyred and around 2,200 others injured when a section of the armed forces tried to overthrow the government.

Turkey has accused Gulen, a US-based cleric and his followers, of organizing a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.


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