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Turkish police raid 44 companies in probe into failed coup

Published 16/08/2016

A tank moves into position as Turkish people climb onto it, attempting to stop the military coup in July (AP)
A tank moves into position as Turkish people climb onto it, attempting to stop the military coup in July (AP)

Police in Turkey have launched simultaneous raids on 44 companies following the failed coup, the state-run news agency said.

The businesses are suspected of providing financial support to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement.

Turkey accuses Gulen of being behind the coup attempt on July 15, a claim he denies.

The Anadolu Agency said Tuesday's raids in Istanbul's Umraniye and Uskudar districts came after authorities issued warrants to detain 120 company executives as part of the investigation into the coup attempt. The agency did not identify the companies searched.

The government has launched a massive crackdown on suspected supporters of Gulen's movement. More than 35,000 people have been detained for questioning, while tens of thousands of others have been dismissed from government jobs, including in the judiciary, media, education, healthcare, military and local government.

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