The Latest: 2 Turkish military attaches flee, minister says

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) " The Latest on political and military developments in Turkey (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

Turkey's foreign minister says two Turkish military attaches who were based in Greece have fled the country following Turkey's failed military coup attempt.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television on Thursday that Greek authorities had established that the navy and land forces colonels had left Greece for Italy aboard a ferry on Aug. 6 together with their families. He said one of the colonels had a brother in the Netherlands and that both Italy and the Netherlands had been notified.

Asked about reports that a Turkish military official based in the United States was seeking asylum there, Cavusoglu said Turkey had asked for information from Washington but had not yet received a response.

He repeated, however, a Turkish demand that the United States extradite U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt that killed at least 270 people.

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12:20 p.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says a Turkish naval officer working in the United States has gone missing and has failed to report back home following a failed coup by renegade officers within the Turkish military.

The Anadolu Agency, citing an official at the Turkish embassy in Washington, says Navy Rear Admiral Mustafa Ugurlu had left his ID and badges at his base on July 22 and has not been heard from since.

Turkish officials could not confirm reports that Ugurlu was seeking asylum in the United States. The U.S. State Department said it does not comment on or handle asylum cases.

The issue could complicate US-Turkish ties. Ankara is already pressing Washington to extradite U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it accuses of orchestrating the coup. Gulen denies involvement.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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