Police officers ask people to stay away at the main Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, after a woman opened automatic weapon fire at a police vehicle in Taksim, before escaping on foot. (AP Photo)
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Turkish authorities Wednesday launched a nationwide sweep targeting suspects accused of wiretapping top officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media said.The authorities accuse police of carrying out the eavesdropping at the behest of Erdogan's arch-foe, U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom the president alleges concocted a corruption scandal that rocked the government late in 2013 .The Turkish government has purged thousands of Gulen's followers from the police and the judiciary and authorities since July last year have carried out numerous raids against former top police officers accused in the wiretapping case.
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