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Turkish PM says crackdown ‘not completed yet’

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warns the crackdown following a failed coup attempt is “not completed yet” and there could be more arrests, he tells Sky News on Wednesday.

“The investigation is continuing, there are people who are being searched for. There could be new apprehensions, arrests and detentions,” Yildirim says, according to the network’s translation of his remarks.

“The process is not completed yet,” he adds.

Turkey issued arrest warrants Wednesday for 47 former staff of the Zaman newspaper as part of a sweeping crackdown since the attempted power grab on July 15.

More than 9,000 people have been placed in custody ahead of trial over the coup, which the authorities blame on reclusive US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The prime minister also says Turkey is “determined” to secure Gulen’s extradition.

“We shared all the details with them and, from this point on, the task falls on the shoulders of the US government,” the prime minister says.

AFP

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