Coup: Purge widens to ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor

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More than 15,000 ed­u­ca­tion staff in Turkey have been sus­pended af­ter last week's failed coup, as a purge of state of­fi­cials widens still fur­ther.

The min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion ac­cused them of links to Fethul­lah Gulen, a US-based cleric the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment says was be­hind Fri­day's up­ris­ing.

Mr Gulen in­volve­ment.

More than 1,500 univer­sity deans have also been or­dered to re­sign and the li­cences of 21,000 teach­ers work­ing at pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions re­voked.

Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim vowed to take ac­tion against Mr Gulen's sup­port­ers. denies any

"I'm sorry but this par­al­lel ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion will no longer be an ef­fec­tive pawn for any coun­try," Mr Yildirim said, ac­cord­ing to Reuters news agency.

"We will dig them up by their roots so that no clan­des­tine ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion will have the nerve to be­tray our blessed peo­ple again."

Photo: REUTERS

Peo­ple walk past a flooded street in Taiyuan, Shanxi Prov­ince in China yesterday.

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