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Turkey: 12 suspects arrested over FETO links

Operations carried out across Turkey

07.09.2018
Turkey: 12 suspects arrested over FETO links

KAYSERI, Turkey 

A total of 12 people were arrested on Friday for their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.

Counter-terrorism police conducted an operation at a vineyard house in central Kayseri province, where 10 people were arrested.

The ten suspects, who were reported to have been previously released by a court pending trial in a case over FETO links, are suspected of trying to re-establish connections with the terrorist group.

Two people were arrested in Tokat province for their alleged links to FETO.

Separately, two out of four suspects, who were earlier arrested, have been remanded in custody in a probe against the "military structuring of FETO" in Sivas, Ankara, Mersin, and Kahramanmaras provinces.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on 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.

Reporting by Ergun Haktaniyan:Writing by Diyar Guldogan

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