LDS church pulling missionaries out of Turkey after failed coup

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TURKEY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pulling its missionaries out of Turkey.

The LDS church said 15 volunteers serving in Turkey are being transferred to Germany after the failed coup attempt earlier this month.

LDS church officials said they anticipate the volunteers will return to Turkey when conditions improve.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement about volunteers in Turkey:

The Church has transferred 15 young volunteers serving in Turkey to Germany, where they will continue their service among the Turkish-speaking population of Berlin. We anticipate these volunteers will return when conditions in Turkey normalize. Our prayers are with the people of Turkey and with our Church members who live there.