23 FETO-linked suspects arrested across Turkey
Among suspected members of terror group behind 2016 defeated coup are on-duty soldiers
By Necat Hazar and Ahmet Ozler
VAN / KARABUK
Security forces arrested at least 23 suspects on Monday, including 18 active-duty soldiers, over alleged links to the
In an operation based in Van, eastern Turkey, counter-terrorism police conducted raids nationwide, in the provinces of Afyonkarahisar, Trabzon, Mardin, Istanbul, Giresun, Amasya, Burdur, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Karabuk, Konya, Isparta, and Izmir to apprehend the active-duty soldiers, according to a statement by the provincial security directorate.
The operation remains ongoing to apprehend one more suspect, it added.
Counter-terrorism police carried out raids in the Karabuk-based operation in Istanbul, Kocaeli, Gaziantep, Aydin, and Yozgat, the source added.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader
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.