45 FETÖ suspects detained following warrants

45 FETÖ suspects detained following warrants

ANKARA-Anadolu Agency
45 FETÖ suspects detained following warrants

At least 45 people including active-duty and former military staff were detained on July 2 for their suspected links to the FETÖ, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, according to a security source.

In the southwestern Muğla province, two active-duty captains and a sergeant were detained under a warrant for 42 suspects thought to be part of the terrorist group's infiltration of the military, according to sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

In Ankara, 22 suspects found to have allegedly used FETÖ's encrypted messaging application ByLock were detained. They were among 30 suspects sought with a detention warrant.

At least seven people were also detained in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak after prosecutors issued warrants for eight suspects.

In the northwestern Kocaeli province, prosecutors issued detention warrants for a total of 15 members of the military, including six active-duty soldiers and seven former cadets.

Thirteen of them were caught in operations in seven provinces.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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