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Turkey extends state of emergency following failed coup

President Erdogan (l) blames Fethullah Gulen (r) over the coup. Credit: Reuters

A three-month state of emergency declared after Turkey's failed military coup has been extended by another three months.

The state of emergency was introduced on July 20, five days after the failed coup attempt which left at least 270 people dead.

The Turkish government accuses US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the coup, and the state of emergency has allowed the government to carry out a massive crackdown on his movement.

Turkey has arrested 32,000 people in connection with the coup, with tens of thousands of people dismissed or suspended from government jobs including the police, judiciary, and military.

Mr Gulen's brother was detained on Sunday.

According to Turkish media authorities had been searching for Kutbettin Gulen on charges of "membership in and leadership of a terrorist organisation".


Erdogan demands US extradite Gulen over coup attempt

Erdogan called on the US to extradite Gulen over the coup attempt Credit: Reuters

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the US to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen in a speech in Istanbul.

The Turkish government blames followers of Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the US, for the failed coup attempt.

Gulen, speaking through a translator in Pennsylvania, where he resides, indicated the attempted overthrow may have been staged, and he urged the Turkish people not to view military intervention in a positive light.

"There is a slight chance, there is a possibility that it could be a staged coup," Gulen told reporters.