Turkish PM: 40,000 people detained and 20,000 arrested since coup

Turkish PM: 40,000 people detained and 20,000 arrested since coup

A total of 40,029 people have been detained in Turkey in investigations related to last month's failed coup and around half of those have been formally arrested, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

In a speech broadcast live on television, Yildirim said that 20,355 people had been formally arrested in relation to the failed July 15 putsch, which Turkey blames on followers of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Yildirim also said that 79,900 people had been removed from public duty in post coup purges of the military, police, civil service and judiciary. He also said 4262 companies and institutions with links to Gulen have been shut, Reuters reports.

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