Turkey’s Ministry of Youth and Sports suspended 245 personnel on Wednesday amid a nationwide move against those suspected of having links to last Friday's military coup attempt.
Speaking during a live TV program, Minister Akif Kilic said that since Saturday 2,345 people have been relieved of duty as part of a "parallel state probe".
The moves come after last Friday’s coup attempt, during which at least 240 people were martyred and nearly 1,500 others injured.
The attempted coup has led to a wave of arrests and suspensions in military, judicial, police and civil service institutions.
The government has said the plot was organized by followers of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen.
Gulen is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through supporters within Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming a ‘parallel state’.
*Hatice Kesgin contributed to this report from Ankara.
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