Turkey approves extending state of emergency by three months

Police secure an area near an Istanbul nightclub, following a gun attack. (Reuters)

Turkey's parliament on Tuesday approved a government-backed motion to extend by another three months the state of emergency imposed in the wake of the July 15 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The state of emergency -- which has seen tens of thousands lose their jobs or be arrested on suspicion of links to the putsch -- had already been prolonged once before and was due to expire on January 19.

The extension comes just days after 39 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at La Reina restaurant and club on New Year’s Eve.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48