Turkey: 29 FETO-linked terror suspects arrested

13 on-duty soldiers are among suspects arrested across Turkey

Turkey: 29 FETO-linked terror suspects arrested

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 29 suspects, including on-duty soldiers, were arrested across Turkey for their alleged links to Fetullah Terror Organization, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, police sources said on Saturday.

Thirteen on-duty soldiers were arrested during simultaneous operations conducted in nine provinces, including the capital Ankara, and the central Kirikkale and eastern Diyarbakir provinces, said the sources, on condition of anonymity due to restriction on talking to the media.

The arrests came after the Kirikkale Public Prosecutor’s Office issued arrest warrants for the soldiers as part of a probe into FETO'S secret military structure.

Separately, 16 foreign students -- 10 from Somalia, three from Djibouti, two from Guinea and one from Syria -- were rounded up for their alleged links to FETO terror group in the southern Mersin province, the sources said.

The suspects -- who were studying at Mersin University -- were arrested after police raided the terror group’s cell houses.

Police are hunting seven other suspects as part of the probe into the terror group.

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

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

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2018, 10:50