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Police purge in Turkey spreads to regions

Police chiefs in at least 15 of Turkey's 81 provinces have been dismissed as the government struggles to contain a corruption scandal.

The chief of police in the capital Ankara was among those removed from his post, a day after 350 of his officers were reassigned or sacked.

Critics accuse Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan of purging the police, in the wake of a corruption investigation that appeared to implicate senior figures in the ruling party.

Mr Erdogan has accused the police of seeking to undermine his government.

Emily Buchanan reports.

  • 08 Jan 2014
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