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Turkey continues to make arrests following a failed coup attempt

Turkey continues to make arrests following a failed coup attempt

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Dozens of Turkish soilders have been arrested after Friday’s failed coup.

The swoop has included high ranking soilders and on Sunday, over 50 senior soilders were detained in the western province of Denizli.

2,700 judges have also been detained bringing the total number of people detained so far to 6,000 and it is expected to rise further.

Turkish media reported that some soldiers say that they initially had no idea that they were taking part in a plan to overthrow the government, rather they were told it was a military drill.

Eight Turkish soilders who had fled to Greece and sought political asylum were arrested on Saturday after Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asked Greece to extradite them.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused a US based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind the coup, but, Gulen denies the accusation.

The president added that parliament may consider a proposal to introduce the death penalty.