Turkey: Police arrest 40 military officers in FETO probe

High-ranking officers linked to central Turkish air base detained over alleged ties to terror network

Turkey: Police arrest 40 military officers in FETO probe

KONYA, Turkey

Forty high-ranking military officers stationed at a Turkish air base were detained Thursday in an anti-terror investigation.

According to a provincial security source, two colonels, a lieutenant colonel, three majors, three captains, one lieutenant and 30 non-commissioned officers from the Konya 3rd Main Jet Base Command were held.

The group was detained for alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in an investigation launched by the Konya Chief Public Prosecutor regarding financing of the illegal network.

Arrest warrants were issued for a total of 47 suspects.

Those detained on Thursday went through health checks at Konya Education and Research Hospital before being taken to the provincial security directorate.

Led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, FETO is accused of orchestrating Turkey’s July 15 coup plot as well as being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

The July 15 defeated coup left 241 people martyred and some 2,200 injured.

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