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Turkey arrested 115 people for alleged links to coup attempts in 2016

September 20, 2020

The Turkish authorities arrested 115 people this Saturday, most of them active soldiers, because they were allegedly linked to the 2016 coup attempt against the US-based Islamist cleric Fetulá Gulen in Ankara.

In Istanbul, 94 of 131 people arrested in multiple raids over the past week were arrested. Another 21 people were arrested in Izmir Province.

The raids took place in 34 of Turkey’s 81 provinces after police issued arrest warrants for 132 suspects. Of these, 82 are soldiers and another 50 are retired or expelled from the Turkish armed forces. One of them remains on the run.

Turkey arrested 115 people for alleged links to coup attempts in 2016
Turkey arrested 115 people for alleged links to coup attempts in 2016

The Turkish government believes that there are infiltrators in the army and other state institutions from the network of Gulen, a former ally of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who refused to participate in the coup and has lived in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999 .

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