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In Turkey, Police Dismissed From Key Posts Hours After Launching Fraud Probe

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Turkish riot policemen stand guart on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on January 5, 2014. The Turkish government has fired 350 police officers in Ankara, local media reported on January 7, the latest twist in a vast corruption scandal that has ensnared key allies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images) | BULENT KILIC via Getty Images

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run agency says at least two police officers were removed from key posts in the city of Izmir hours after police there detained some 25 people in a new bribery and fraud investigation.

The Anadolu Agency said Izmir's police chief was among 16 senior police officials reassigned to new posts on Wednesday. A deputy police chief in Izmir was also dismissed late on Tuesday.

The officers' dismissal was a sign that the government was continuing to hit back at police who are leading investigations apparently targeting the government, which is also scrambling to contain another scandal that has implicated former Cabinet ministers.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fired those ministers but he has also denounced the investigation as a conspiracy to harm his government and vowed to fight back.

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