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Turkey captures key aide to cleric blamed for coup attempt: presidency official

U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Turkey blames for a failed coup, is shown in still image taken from video, speaks to journalists at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Greg Savoy/Reuters TV

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has captured a key aide to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric that it blames for a military coup attempt, a presidency official said on Saturday.

Halis Hanci, described as cleric Fethullah Gulen’s right-hand man, apparently entered Turkey two days before the abortive coup, the presidency official told reporters.

Reporting by Dasha Afanasieva; writing by Michael Georgy; editing by Mark Heinrich

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