Turkish President Erdogan ‘Snatch Squad’ Fugitive Soldiers Captured

A source says that Turkish special forces have captured 11 fugitive soldiers involved in the planned seizure of President Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup attempt in July.

The soldiers were part of a group which launched an attack on a hotel where Erdogan was holidaying on the night of July 15 in the southwestern resort of Marmaris.

Their capture came after Turkey dismissed nearly 1,400 more members of its armed forces and stacked a top military council with government ministers on Sunday in moves to tighten control of the military after the coup.

Reuters said a source disclosed that the fugitives were caught in the Ula district of Mugla province after Gendarmerie special forces, supported by helicopters and drones, were sent to the area after a tip-off from a local.

“A total of 37 soldiers were reportedly involved in the operation to seize Erdogan in Marmaris and 25 of them had been caught earlier,” the source said.

Since the coup attempt, more than 60,000 people in the military, judiciary, civil service and schools have been either detained, suspended or placed under investigation.

Islamic preacher, Fethullah Gulen is accused by Turkey of orchestrating the failed putsch.

Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, has denied the charges and condemned the coup.

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