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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: Turkey suicide bomber 'aged between 12 and 14'

A police officer secures the scene of an explosion where a suspected suicide bomber targeted a wedding celebration. Credit: Reuters

The suicide bomber who attacked a wedding celebration in Turkey killing at least 51 people was aged between 12 and 15, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Erdogan added that 69 people were wounded by the blast in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, 17 of whom were "heavily" injured.

The state-run Anadolu news agency put the figure of injured victims at 94.


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