US-based cleric denies involvement in Turkey coup bid

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WASHINGTON, DC: Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric living in self-imposed exile in the United States, said on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) he had no involvement in an attempted coup in Turkey, and suggested it could have been staged by the President himself. Gulen, a reclusive preacher with a worldwide following who is regularly accused of a behind-the-scenes role in Turkish politics, lives in Saylorsburg, a tiny town in the Pocono Mountains of the US state of Pennsylvania. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Gulen of being behind Friday’s bloody coup attempt that has killed at least 265 people, and urged the US to extradite to Turkey the “man who lives in Pennsylvania.”

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