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Turkey says several of its diplomats have absconded after missing a deadline to return to Ankara following last month’s failed coup.

Among the missing are two military attaches based in Greece. They had been told to return home but are said to have fled to Italy instead.

Speaking on Turkish TV, Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said action would be taken against those who had failed to return.

“On August 6, on the night from Friday to Saturday they embarked on a ferry from Igoumenitsa with their families and private cars and sailed to Italy. All the surveillance cameras on the border were examined upon our request and Greek authorities have confirmed this.”

While several other diplomats and senior army officers are still on the run, Bulgaria has also extradited a Turkish businessman after his bid for political asylum was denied.

Abdullah Buyuk was sent back to Turkey on Wednesday after Sofia said he posed a national security threat.

Ankara accuses him of having links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric it claims masterminded the botched coup attempt.

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