Turkey’s police force has suspended more than 9,000 officers over alleged links to the U.S.-based Fethullah Gulen.

It said the action had been taken on the grounds of national security.

President Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating a failed coup against him last July – a charge the cleric denies.

Earlier, authorities detained more than 1,000 people in the latest operation against alleged Gulen supporters.

The nationwide sweep was one of the largest such operations carried out in Turkey in months.

In the aftermath of the 15 July coup attempt, which was led by military officers, 40,000 people have been arrested and 120,000 sacked or suspended.

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