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Over 26,000 people in detention in Turkey following coup attempt

August 09, 2016, 13:13 UTC+3 ANKARA

According to Turkey's justice minister, over 26,000 people are currently in detention, sixteen thousand people were arrested

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ANKARA, August 9. /TASS/. Over 26,000 people have been detained in Turkey following the military coup attempt in mid-July, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Tuesday.

"Over 26,000 people are currently in detention, there are also those who are trying to hide from justice. Sixteen thousand people were arrested," Haberturk TV channel quoted Bozdag as saying.

A group of insurgents attempted to stage a coup in Turkey overnight on July 16. The capital Ankara and the country's largest city, Istanbul, turned into the main scenes of the standoff. The Turkish government said on the next day the coup had been suppressed. The Turkish authorities declared a three-month state of emergency on July 21 to neutralize the threats posed by putschists. The latest reports indicate the violent events claimed the lives of 190 Turkish citizens and more than a hundred mutineers. About 1,500 people were wounded.

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