Erdogan ‘snatch squad’ soldiers captured

By BBC

A group of soldiers suspected of trying to seize the president during Turkey’s failed coup attempt two weeks ago have been captured near Marmaris.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on holiday at the south-western resort on the night of the coup, but fled before his hotel was raided.

Special forces located the fugitives in a forested area, reports say.

Since the failed putsch Mr Erdogan has cracked down those suspected of being linked to the coup.

Tens of thousands of people have been detained or dismissed or suspended from roles in the military, judiciary, civil service and education.

Turkish authorities accuse US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen of being behind the coup attempt, something he denies.

The rebel soldiers were spotted by villagers hunting boar in the forested area near Marmaris. Gunfire was exchanged during the operation but no casualties were reported.

The 11 soldiers arrested in total overnight on Sunday and Monday morning include Major Sukru Seymen, the alleged commander, according to Anadolu news agency.

More than 20 other members of the military squad suspected of involvement have already been remanded in custody to face trial, the agency reports.

During the coup attempt on 15 July Mr Erdogan spoke live on TV via his mobile phone. He said he had narrowly escaped an attempt on his life.

  

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