Turkey Detains Around 6,000 Over Failed Coup Plot - Minister

Turkey has detained over 6,000 people over the failed coup plot aimed at ousting the government and the number will rise, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday.

“Now the clean-up operations are continuing. We have around 6,000 people detained. The number will increase above 6,000,” he was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, describing the attempted coup as unacceptable and voicing hope for a speedy return to stability.

Putin stressed the “categorical unacceptability in the life of a state of anti-constitutional acts and violence” and passed on “wishes for a speedy restoration of strong constitutional order and stability in Turkey,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

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