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Turkey orders detention of 140 people over Gulen links

Turkey orders detention of 140 people over Gulen links
From Al Jazeera - April 13, 2018

Turkish prosecutors have ordered the detention of 140 people, including serving army officers, over alleged links to the US-based religious leaderFethullah Gulen, according to an Anadolu news agency report.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 34 provinces across the country for 70 serving army members in a probe led by state prosecutors in the central province of Konya, Anadolu said.

It said the suspects were targeted based on statements by soldiers previously detained over ties to Gulen.

The Turkish government says Gulen orchestrated the failed coup on July 15, 2016, in Turkey which killed 250 people - mostly civilians - and left nearly 2,200 injured.

Gulen has rejected the accusations.

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

Eighteen suspects from the Turkish navy have also been arrested over suspected links to Gulen, a judicial source said on Friday.

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