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Turkish Media Say 4 Charged in Alleged Coup Plot


Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has charged four army officers in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

The Anatolia news agency said Saturday that the officers - two colonels and two lieutenants - had been charged with belonging to a terrorist organization which, the ruling party says, was seeking to topple Turkey's Islamic-rooted government.

The agency did not release the names of those charged.

On Friday, Anatolia reported that investigators had found a weapons cache full of missile launchers, plastic explosives, and other weaponry at a state-owned farm outside the capital, Ankara.

Eighty-six people, including former army officers, leftist politicians and journalists, are already on trial in the case.

Prosecutors accuse them of planning assassinations and bombings to sow chaos in Turkey, forcing the army to step in and overthrow the government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.


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