Turkey's ruling AKP orders purge of members linked to 'Gulenist terror group'

August 5, 2016 4:07 AM EDT

U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling AK Party on Friday ordered a internal purge of members with links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric whom the government holds responsible for last month's failed coup.

An internal AKP memorandum seen by Reuters called for a rapid purge of those with links to the "Gulenist terror group" and those who supported the July 15 putsch attempt.

(Reporting by Ercan Gurses; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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