Turkey suspends 11,500 teachers over alleged links to Kurdish militants -official

September 8, 2016 8:45 AM EDT

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has suspended 11,500 teachers over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), a Turkish official said on Thursday, confirming an earlier report from broadcaster CNN Turk that cited the education ministry.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visited the mainly Kurdish southeast over the weekend and said in a speech there that an estimated 14,000 teachers had links to the PKK, which is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the European Union and the United States.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan)

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