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Police officer commits suicide after being suspended in latest gov’t purge

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A Mersin police officer identified by the initials A.T. committed suicide in a park the day after he was suspended over alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a July 15 coup attempt.

Turkey’s national police department on Monday suspended 12,801 officers in the latest wave of a clampdown on the movement.

The 26-year-old A.T. shot himself dead at around 11 a.m. in a public park near Adnan Menderes Boulevard in Mersin.

The father of one, A.T. succumbed to his injury at Toros State Hospital.

Turkey is no stranger to such cases. A 50-year-old teacher in Bilecik, M. G., also committed suicide shortly after he was removed from his job over alleged Gülen links. (Turkey Purge)

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