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Coup sweep hits army, police

TURKISH police arrested 30 people, including army officers and a police chief, in a nationwide sweep yesterday for suspects in an alleged coup plot that has rattled markets and fuelled tensions with the army.

Eight active army officears and nine police, including special forces officers, were detained, broadcasters said. A search was underway for an army lieutenant in western Turkey, the state-run Anatolian news agency said.

A regional police chief and an officer were also taken to Istanbul for questioning, and more detentions were taking place from Bursa in the west to Igdir in the east. The leader of a metal union and a journalist were also arrested.

Eighty-six people, including retired senior officers, are on trial over their suspected links to a nationalist group accused of plotting to overthrow the AK Party government. A wave of detentions earlier this month, including active officers, further strained relations between the government and the secular establishment made up of the military and judiciary.

Turkey's military, which has unseated governments four times in the past 50 years, has criticized the investigation and denied any links to an alleged plot.


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