Turkish authorities detain 56 over alleged Gulen links

Turkey says the measures are necessary to combat threats to national security. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Turkish authorities detain 56 over alleged Gulen links

  • Turkey has detained 160,000 people and dismissed nearly the same number of civil servants since the putsch attempt
  • Erdogan’s critics accuse him of using the failed putsch as a pretext to quash dissent

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities detained 48 soldiers and eight others over alleged links to the US-based cleric who Ankara says orchestrated a failed 2016 coup against President Tayyip Erdogan, the Hurriyet newspaper said on Monday.
Those detained were among 89 people whose detention was ordered in an investigation by Istanbul prosecutors, it said.
Authorities have carried out such sweeps against suspected supporters of the cleric Fethullah Gulen on a regular basis since the failed coup of July 2016, in which 250 people were killed. Gulen denies involvement.
Turkey has detained 160,000 people and dismissed nearly the same number of civil servants since the putsch attempt, the UN human rights office said in March. Of that number, more than 50,000 have been formally charged and kept in jail during their trials.
Turkey’s Western allies have criticized the crackdown, which took place under the state of emergency declared shortly after the coup attempt and which remained in effect for two years until July 2018.
Erdogan’s critics accuse him of using the failed putsch as a pretext to quash dissent. Turkey says the measures are necessary to combat threats to national security.


High-speed train accident kills 4 in Turkish capital Ankara

Updated 10 min 38 sec ago
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High-speed train accident kills 4 in Turkish capital Ankara

  • 43 others were injured in the train crash, according to the Ankara governor
  • The high-speed train crashed into a locomotive which carries out track inspections

ISTANBUL: Four people were killed and 43 others were injured in a crash involving a Turkish high speed train in Ankara on Thursday, Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin said.
Speaking to reporters at the crash site, Sahin said the high speed train, which was travelling to the central province of Konya, had crashed into a locomotive which carries out track inspections.
Video footage showed emergency workers at the scene, working to rescue people from carriages trapped beneath the mangled metal wreckage of an overpass at the Marsandiz train station, to the west of Ankara.
The accident occurred around 6:30 am (0330 GMT) as the train was traveling between Ankara and the central Turkish province of Konya, the broadcaster said.