8 Turkish army officiers detained in probe on assassination plot

The Turkish General Staff said that eight military personnel were detained in an ongoing investigation into allegations to assassinate Deputy PM Arinc.

8 Turkish army officiers detained in probe on assassination plot

The Turkish General Staff said on Saturday that eight military personnel were detained in an ongoing investigation into allegations to assassinate Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc.

The General Staff posted an information note on its web-site in which it said that the eight detainees were working at the Mobilization Regional Directorate in Ankara.

"Public prosecutors searched the directorate as of 7:30 p.m on Friday within the scope of the ongoing investigation," the note said.

It said that military personnel also joined the searches since the searched area was a military zone.

The General Staff said eight military personnel was detained in the investigation that ended at 5:46 a.m. on Saturday, and they were taken to Ankara Central Command headquarters.

Last week, newspapers wrote that two officers were caught in the street where Arinc's house was situated. They were members of special forces.

The General Staff released a statement the same day in which it said that the two military personnel were caught in Ankara on suspicion on December 19, but then were released.

The statement said, "they were charged to collect information regarding a military personnel who was living near the area mentioned and who is claimed to leak information."

In its earlier statement, the General Staff said no weapons, ammunition, voice recorders or other technical devices were found in the vehicles or houses of the two military personnel.

However, the computers of those two personnel were seized.

Also, on Friday, Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug said the General Staff tried to inform the public according to the official information it got.

"We may have left some questions unanswered, however there is nothing we can add to our remarks at the moment. We may give complementary information in a proper time," Basbug also said.

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