At least 97 suspects were arrested Tuesday by security forces for their alleged links with the GÃ¼lenist terrorist group (FETÃ).
According to security sources, prosecutors in Western Izmir Province have issued warrants against 158 ââsuspects as part of an investigation into the terrorist group’s infiltration into the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to media restrictions, said 97 of the suspects, including active duty soldiers and military school students, were arrested during simultaneous operations in 41 provinces.
Efforts are continuing to round up the remaining suspects, he added.
Meanwhile, prosecutors in northwest BalÄ±kesir have issued warrants against 46 suspects, the source said. Suspects, including seven active duty soldiers, a police officer and five secret imams, have been accused of operating within the “private” military organization and of using the terrorist group ByLock’s encrypted messaging app.
Counterterrorism police have launched a simultaneous operation at 55 addresses across Turkey.
At the same time, arrest warrants were issued for 123 suspects who communicated with members of the terrorist group via payphones or were involved in organizational activities, prosecutors in the capital Ankara said.
A simultaneous operation was underway in 16 provinces to arrest the suspects, he added.
FETÃ and its US-based leader Fetullah GÃ¼len orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 dead and 2,734 injured. Ankara accuses FETÃ of being at the origin of a long campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, in particular the military, police and judiciary.