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Turkey removes around 800 more police officers, say reports

Published on Jan 30, 2014 8:59 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - The Turkish government on Thursday fired or reassigned some 800 police officers as it pressed on with a purge of the country's police force in response to a high-level graft probe, local media said.

Senior officers were among those removed from their posts in the latest wave of sackings in the capital Ankara and the western port of Izmir, the Hurriyet and Milliyet newspapers said on their websites.

More than 500 police officers were removed in Ankara and another 274 in Izmir, they said.

The Turkish media estimate that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-leaning government has now sanctioned some 6,000 police nationwide, including top officers, in apparent retaliation for a corruption investigation that has struck at the heart of the political elite.

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