Two Turkish generals suspected of having links to the July 15 coup attempt were captured in the United Arab Emirates, according to Turkish diplomatic sources on Tuesday.
Major General Mehmet Cahit Bakir, Commander of the Afghanistan Turkish Task Force, and Brigadier General Sener Topuc, Commander of the Train, Advise and Assist Command in Kabul, were detained at Dubai International Airport after having fled Afghanistan, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry and National Intelligence Organization learned about the escape and the two were held in collaboration with United Arab Emirates officials, the sources said.
Bakir and Topuc were taken in for questioning upon their return to Ankara on Tuesday morning, sources added.
Around 13,000 suspects – including military personnel, police, judiciary members and civil servants – have been arrested so far in a nationwide probe into the failed coup, which saw 246 people martyred and 2,100 injured.
Turkey suspends 2 diplomats over coup probe
On the other hand, Two Turkish senior diplomats were suspended on Tuesday as part of the ongoing investigation against Gulenist Terror Organization, or FETO, held responsible for the July 15 coup attempt.
Gurcan Balik and Tuncay Babali carried out various duties at Turkish Foreign Ministry and also served as ambassadors.
Speaking to journalists in Ankara, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said precise investigation has been carried out to avoid any injustice.
Cavusoglu previously said ambassadors with suspected links to FETO would be suspended from their duties.