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76 academics held in Turkey amid probe into coup attempt

Some 76 academics have reportedly been detained at a university in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the movement allegedly responsible for an attempted coup in Turkey.

It comes after the chief of Nato said Turkish officers have sought asylum in allied countries amid a government crackdown in their country following the failed military coup.

State-run news agency the Anadolu Agency said detention warrants were issued for 103 employees of Yildiz Technical University on charges of "membership in an armed terrorist organisation".

Police arrived on campus in the morning, searched offices and held 73 people. Another two people in Istanbul and a third person in Ankara were detained in the afternoon.

The government of Turkey has arrested nearly 37,000 people, fired or suspended 100,000 more from government jobs and shut down scores of outlets on charges of terrorism following the failed July coup.

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said "some Turkish officers working in the Nato command structure ... have requested asylum in the countries where they are working".

Each country will assess the claims individually, he said in Brussels. German media have reported asylum claims there by members of the Turkish military.

Turkey has arrested thousands of members of its military following the coup attempt, and Mr Stoltenberg noted that it has made "numerous" changes in its Nato personnel.


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