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Erdogan vows to clean Turkey of "virus" after failed coup

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 01:20

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says he will clean the country of the ''virus'' responsible for Friday's coup attempt. Nathan Frandino reports.

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As Turkey lays to rest the victims of the failed coup attempt, President Tayyip Erdogan promises to rid the country of those behind the violence. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "At every level of government, the period of cleaning this virus (Fetullah Gulen cleric) will continue. Because this body, my brothers, formed metastasis. Like the cancer virus, it spreads all around the government." The death toll now stands at least 265 people. Many of those victims still remain at area morgues, where families agonize over their loved ones. As they wait, Turkish officials are rounding up the coup's participants. On Sunday police arrested the commander at the Incirlik airbase. About 6,000 members of the armed forces and judiciary have already been detained -- as the hunt for suspects continues.

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Erdogan vows to clean Turkey of "virus" after failed coup

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 01:20