Turkey Dismisses Almost 9,000 Officials After Failed Coup
Turkey has dismissed almost 9,000 officials including a massive number of police officers after a failed coup targeting the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the state-run Anadolu news agency said citing the interior ministry. A total of 8,777 public personnel including 7,899 police, one provincial governor and 29 governors of towns have been dismissed, the ministry said.
They also include 614 members of the police force that looks after domestic security, it added.
A list of the suspended personnel was sent to the provincial chiefs by Police Chief Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz.
The suspended police officers were called to the provincial police headquarters throughout the night and their weapons and police IDs were confiscated.
The operation within the police department came in the wake of a failed coup attempt that started late July 15 and was crushed on June 16. At least 290 people, including more than 100 coup supporters, were killed during the attempt.
More than 6,000 suspects in the military and the judiciary, including top commanders and supreme court judges, have been detained in the wake of the failed coup attempt.