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Bank inspectors the latest target of Turkey's post-coup attempt crackdown

Turkish authorities detained 29 inspectors on Friday from the BDDK banking watchdog, the state-run news agency reports, in what appeared to be the latest round-up related to the failed July 15 coup.

29 banking watchdog auditors detained for 'irregular probes' into people, foundations close to the government

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a Democracy and Martyrs Rally on Aug. 7 to protest July's failed coup in the country. The government has come down hard on perceived dissidents since the coup attempt, arresting 40,000 people and firing 80,000. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

Turkish authorities detained 29 inspectors on Friday from the BDDK banking watchdog, the state-run news agency reports, in what appeared to be the latest round-up related to the failed July 15 coup.

Anadolu Agency said 29 auditors at the agency were detained early Monday for allegedly conducting "irregular probes" in 2013 into businessmen and foundations that are close to the government.

Meanwhile, detention orders were issued for 62 academics working at Istanbul University as part of the same investigation. Police detained 44 of them Monday morning.

Turkey has so far detained around 40,000 people in its investigation following the coup bid, which it blames on followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has denied the charge.

Around half of those detained have been formally arrested. The investigation has also lead to a sweeping purge of the military, civil service, police, and judiciary, with nearly 80,000 removed from public duty in post-coup purges.

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