2 Turkish Generals, Former Istanbul Governor Detained

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -
People cheer for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he leaves his residence by car in Istanbul to attend a funeral service for the victims of a thwarted coup at Fatih mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan
People cheer for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he leaves his residence by car in Istanbul, July 17. (Reuters/Yagiz Karahan)

Two Turkish generals serving in Afghanistan and a former Istanbul governor have been detained as part of a crackdown in the wake of Turkey’s failed July 15 coup.

The two generals were caught in Dubai, and the former governor, Husayin Avni Mutlu, who served from 2010-2014, was detained in Istanbul, an official at the office of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on condition of anonymity, in line with regulations on speaking to the press.

These detentions were the latest in a purge conducted in the wake of the attempted coup which killed about 290 people. More than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions have been detained and tens of thousands have been suspended from their jobs, including employees of the Turkish national airline and in sectors such as education, health care and municipalities.