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Turkey Arrests 11 More Soldiers Over Coup Attempt

Soldiers suspected of being involved in the coup attempt are escorted by policemen as they arrive at a courthouse in the resort town of Marmaris on July 17.

Turkey says it has arrested 11 fugitive soldiers accused of trying to seize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup earlier this month.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on August 1 that the group was captured overnight in the southwestern town of Ula near the resort of Marmaris.

Kurtulmus said one soldier was still at large.

More than 20 other members of the military squad suspected of involvement had already been remanded in custody to face trial, according to the Anadolu news agency.

Erdogan was on holiday in Marmaris on the night of the July 15 coup but fled before his hotel was raided.

He said his swift escape saved him from being killed or taken hostage.

Since the failed coup, thousands of people have been detained, dismissed, or suspended from roles in the military, judiciary, civil service, and education sectors.

Turkish authorities accuse U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind the coup attempt, which he denies.

Based on reporting by AFP and the BBC